The beginning of XX century. Alexei Muromtsev, a lieutenant of the Russian Navy commits an audacious but noble act. He is then demoted and sent to the Far East as a regular sailor, to serve in the crew of the protected cruiser "Varyag". Muromtsev finds himself caught up in a spy game of the military counterintelligence; intrigues and betrayal surround him. The story unforlds just weeks before the famous Battle of Chemulpo, which in Soviet times becomes sung of "Pur proud" Varyag "shall not surrender..."