Olga Vyacheslavovna Zotova was nicknamed as a viper for her vitality. When she was sixteen, her house was burnt, her parents were killed, they tried to decide her own way, but only wounded her. She knew the attackers, one of them – Valka Brykin – a scoundrel, hated even by his father. This is the time of the revolution.
In the hospital, she meets a young soldier and, even without knowing his name, can not stop thinking about him. The city is occupied by whiteguards. Zotova is in prison because of the denunciation of the same Val’ki, who wrote about her supposedly friendly relations with the Reds. She spends two months in prison, and then, during the entry of the Red Army men into the city, in the basement of the prison she is shot with the rest of the prisoners, but she does not die again. She, alive, is discovered by the same soldier from the hospital. His name is Dmitri Vasilyevich Yemelyanov. He is the commander of the red squadron. Every day he visits Olga
Vyacheslavovna in the hospital. She recovers, and Emelianov begins to teach her riding and possession of the sword.
Zotova becomes a real soldier. In the squadron, she is considered the wife of Dmitry Vasilyevich. But this is not so. During one raid, she meets with Valka Brykin and kills him.
The love of Olga Vyacheslavovna and Dmitry Vasilievich is getting stronger every day. But here the trouble happens: during a terrible battle Emelyanov dies. Zotova snatches the red banner from him and the squadron rushes after her. She was seriously wounded again, again in the infirmary. And again she remains alive, although there is no need to live any more. Olga Vyacheslavovna continues to fight, gets to Vladivostok. There, in the port, the local sea pilot, taking her for a prostitute, pins her arm on her as a hope for a brighter future.
The Civil War is ending. Zotova serves in different institutions, without delaying a long time in the same place. Everyone is afraid of her.
In the apartment where she lives, full of small employees, at least, nothing of herself is not, she is hated and afraid too. Including
a certain Lyalechka.
Olga Vyacheslavovna absolutely does not watch herself, but one day a woman wakes up again. She dresses in fashion and in this form comes to work. The whole day no one can take her eyes off her, and in the evening the bumpkin starts to pester her, but Zotova beats him and leaves.
Soon, women’s feelings make themselves felt: Olga Vyacheslavovna falls in love, and strongly, in the old military, now serving. But her neighbor Lyalichka “opens his eyes” to him, telling that during the war Zotova lived with the entire garrison. Therefore, when Olga Vyacheslavovna tries to confess her love, she meets only icy contempt. At home, she does not find a place, and then there is a knock at the door. On the threshold, Lyalachka, poking her face in the ID from the registry office, says in a shrill voice about the unworthiness of harassment of a married man, shouts that everyone knows about Zenov’s “venereal diseases”, insults her.
Olga Vyacheslavovna, blinded by anger, shoots at Lyalichka, pushing a bullet into her for a bullet. Waking up, she goes to the police station and surrenders.