At the opening night of Anton Chekhov's The Seagull the response of the audience caused the author to flee the theatre and seek refuge at the home of Suvorin, his friend and critic. That much is known. But what actually happened between those two men is not recorded. What is certain is that one of the greatest playwrights of the last century left the theatre believing his masterpiece had failed. In this fictionalized account of what might have taken place between the actor and the critic, Chekhov is forced to reevaluate his work and his life.