Young Alena chats with her friend, the older, elegant but highly sceptical Jarmila, in a café. Jarmila talks with disdain about love - when a woman is struck as by lightning and gives everything to a man. He abandons her, and when then comes another and another, a woman does not care any more. Jarmila takes the girl to the Alcron hotel, but Alena fails to notice that they are both being watched from the opposite sidewalk by her lover, a student of a library studies school. Jarmila introduces Alena to an elderly and apparently wealthy foreigner. Alena begins to lie to her lover, making up stories that new goods were delivered to the shop where she worked and inventory had to be taken. But the young man knows what he knows and reminds Alena that a long time ago, they promised to speak the truth to each other. Alena's mother applies cream on her face in front of a mirror. It is obvious that they do not get along too well. The mother reprehends her daughter, telling her that she is alone for everything, and asks her if she loves her boyfriend at all. She would prefer if she chose better company. Alena walks through the department store and sadly watches the new kitchen furniture and a young woman looking at baby's clothing.