Russia, 2020. The country is thriving, prosperity spreading. Stability prevails. Yet the elite is unhappy. A nameless anguish grips the wealthy, influential top levels of society. Viktor, for example, the Minister of Natural Resources, his wife Zoya, a bored housewife, and her brother Mitya, a TV celebrity. What plagues them is the steady decline of their youth, their loss of dynamism, sexual appetite, lust for life. But one day they learn that they can indeed regain their powers and retain their youthful looks: in the Altai Mountains, near the Mongolian border, lies an abandoned Soviet-era secret facility called “the Target,” a kind of gigantic dish where the Soviets studied cosmic radiation. It is believed that anyone who spends time in the center of this dish returns rejuvenated, vigorous and fresh. The group is joined by Nikolay, a grim military man who controls the new Guanzhou-Paris superhighway, and, later, by Anna, a sensitive author, as well as Taya, a native of the Target region who looks decades younger than she is. When the group returns to Moscow, they truly do feel happier and more youthful. But the energies they have absorbed also lead to uncontrollable excesses, to outbursts of violence, to selfdestructive actions. Mitya's meltdown on national TV, Nikolay's brutal sex with Zoya, and Viktor's apparently crazed obsession with good and evil in nature are the backlash of an experiment that restores the powers of youth - but at what price?