Sergei Prokov, a medical student, once served in a shaman re-education camp where he had a transformative experience, freeing his mind and taking soul flights in bird form. Despite a childhood battle with polio freezing his right leg in immaturity, Sergei compensated with mental strength. Now a psychiatrist in Siberia working in a defense institute, he loses his funding with the collapse of the USSR, uprooting his life. The love of his life, Tai Leung, dies in a tragic accident, but Sergei moves to New York City to start anew. He trains Americans as remote viewers while seeking love once more.