In early May 192 … in Leningrad, on an abandoned summer residence on the river Krestovka, there is a murder. A criminal investigation officer Vasily V. Shelga discovers a murdered person with signs of torture. In the spacious basement of the dacha, some physical and chemical experiments were carried out. It is suggested that the killed – this is an engineer Petr Petrovich Garin. Meanwhile, the real engineer Garin, a vain and immoral type, but an unusually talented scientist who developed a miracle heat ray, escapes from foreign killers, and his collaborator, Garin’s double, perishes. Vasily Shelga, accidentally encountered with the living Garin at the post office, takes it for a double. Garin does not hurry to persuade Shelga, pretending to be some Pyankov-Pitkevich; they conclude an oral pact on mutual assistance. Soon Shelga realizes that he was fooled, but it’s too late: Garin slipped abroad, to Paris. At this time in Paris is the American chemical king, the billionaire Rolling, buying up the chemical industry of the old lady of Europe. He and his Russian-born mistress Zoya Monroz, the chic, have long shown interest in Garin’s invention. It was their people who committed the murder in Leningrad, unsuccessfully trying to get hold of the miracle apparatus. In Paris, Garin meets with his staff member Victor Lenoir, who has just completed work on efficient fuel for Garinov’s hyperboloid. Fearing for his life, Garin persuades Lenoir, zaprimirovavshis,
At this time in Leningrad there is a homeless boy Vanya, who got here from Siberia; on his back he wrote a letter for Garin from the scientist Nikolai Mantsev, who before the revolution went on an expedition to Kamchatka to find confirmation of the theoretical guess of Garin about the existence in the interior of the Earth of the so-called Olivine belt in which metals are in a molten state, in including coveted gold. Gold needs Garin for power over the world. To get through to gold, you need a hyperboloid. To build a huge hyperboloid and a mine, you need a lot of money, that is, Rolling. Therefore, pretending to be the same as Pyankov-Pitkevich, Garin goes directly to the billionaire, offering him on behalf of engineer Garin cooperation, but the self-satisfied Rolling does not take the stranger seriously and eventually throws him out of the office. Having received an alarming telegram from Garin, who feared hired assassins, the brave Shelga went straight to Paris, hoping to interest the brilliant adventurer with information from Mantsev. And at this time in Paris, the restless Zoya Monroz orders another murder of Garin, this time bandit Gaston Duck Nose; but again a double is dying – this time Victor Lenoir. Zoya becomes a friend and ally of Garin, who promises her in the future possession of the Olivine belt and power over the world. Rolling and Gaston Duck Nose, both blinded by jealousy and greed, are trying to finally kill Garin; he defends himself with a small hyperboloid. And after a while, the powerful Rolling becomes a captive and forced partner of Garin and Zoe on the yacht Arizona. Here, on the yacht, brings Garin and another prisoner and temporary ally – Shelga. Guided by the principle that what is good for establishing Soviet power throughout the world is good, the noble criminal investigation officer still hopes to return Garin’s invention to the USSR.
Garin explodes hyperboloid German chemical plants, opening the way of Rolling’s monopoly in Europe. With Rolling’s money, the necessary equipment is procured all over the world. The expedition sent by Garin discovers Mantsev’s camp in Kamchatka. Mantsev perishes, but his documents on the Olivin belt are forwarded to Garin. Garin, Zoe and Rolling capture the island in the South Pacific. Here a large mine with a hyperboloid for drilling is under construction. From all corners of the world recruited workers and employees. The police are made up of former white officers. The Americans are sending a squadron to destroy Garin. Garin destroys the squadron with a large hyperboloid. Having reached the Olivine belt, that is, boundless stocks of cheap gold, Garin starts selling gold bars at ridiculous prices. There is a financial and economic catastrophe of the capitalist world. But Garin is not going to destroy capitalism. He negotiates with the most influential capitalists about power in exchange for stabilizing society. The US Senate proclaims Garin a dictator. Zoe Monroe becomes the queen of the Golden Island. But against the expectation of the “romantic of absolute power” he himself falls into the power of “bourgeois boredom.”
Fortunately, an uprising of workers under the leadership of the “communist” Shelga flares up on the Golden Island. Temporarily transferring power to his next double, Garin wants to take possession of a large hyperboloid and a mine. Yacht “Arizona” sails to the Golden Island, but falls into a typhoon. Garin and Zoya are thrown out on an uninhabited coral island. Months dragged. In the shade of a tent of palm leaves, Zoya turns over the surviving book with the projects of the palaces on the Golden Island. Gathering the shells and catching the fish with a shirt, Garin, covered with a decayed jacket, goes to sleep on the sand, must be experiencing various entertaining stories in his sleep.