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In the days before the 1917 Revolution Alexander, a 16-year-old boy vacationing with his parents, becomes attracted to Sinaida, the 21-year-old daughter of their neighbor, Princess Zasekina, an impoverished aristocrat. Alexander is the youngest of Sinaida's many suitors. When the men play a game of chance, Alexander wins a kiss from Sinaida and falls deeply in love with her. Overwhelmed with jealousy, Alexander follows her everywhere, but she returns his affection only fleetingly. Finally, he is heartbroken and shocked when he learns that his father has been committing adultery with her. Years later, after war and revolution have swept the country, Alexander hears that Sinaida has married, and he decides to visit her. When he arrives at the house, however, he is told that she recently died in childbirth.