In this adaptation of a Nikolai Gogol short story, Akaki Akakiyevich (Rolan Bykov) labors at a mundane civil service job, lusting after a new overcoat to help him put a stop to his neighbors' constant mocking. When his superiors give him a bonus, he buys the coat of his dreams, fashioned by the drunken tailor, Petrovich (Yuriy Tolubeyev). His social status is instantly elevated. But then his beloved coat is stolen, and he goes on a search for redemption and revenge.
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