On a snow-covered highway near the northern town of Kostomukshi the police find a woman’s frozen corpse in a frozen car. The victim is the wife of the investigator Evgeniy Rudin. The rage that has possessed the hero leads him along the path of senseless cruelty, the victims of which can be both innocent people and loved ones of Rudin. Evgeniy finds unexpected support in the person of a strange guy called Mitya. Meanwhile the killings continue.