Vegard, a painter, tries to make a living by buying antiques in Eastern Europe and selling them underground in Oslo. A young and very beautiful woman falls off a bridge and drowns. In his hotel room in St. Petersburg, Vegard is visited by Vladimir who insists that they know each other. They wind up on a train to Oslo. One part of the episode film 1998: Thirst, based on four short stories by Knut Hamsun.