On April 15, 1927, in the city of N, the mother-in-law of Ippolit Matveyevich Vorobyaninov, the former leader of the nobility, dies. Before her death, she informs him that in one of the chairs of the living room, the headset left in Stargorod, where they fled after the revolution, all the family jewels have been sewn on it. Vorobyaninov urgently leaves for his hometown. The same goes to the confessing old woman and the priest, Fyodor Vostrikov, who learned about the valuables. Around the same time, a young man of about twenty-eight enters the Stargorod wearing a green waist suit, with a scarf and an astrolabe in his hands, the son of a Turkish-subject, Ostap Bender. Accidentally, he stops to spend the night in the vestibule of Vorobyaninov’s mansion, where he meets his former master.