On July 25, 1980, the great Russian poet Vladimir Vysotsky passed away. He was 42 years old. He did not die in a duel like Pushkin and Lermontov, did not fall from a bullet and noose like Mayakovsky and Yesenin. The cause of his death was no less dramatic. Vysotsky struggled with death for a long time. But by the beginning of 1980, this duel turned into a fierce fight. After 25 years, we present the first documentary evidence of this struggle. Everyone has the right to their own judgment about the death of a great poet, but no one's judgment can claim absolute truth. According to eyewitnesses, after meeting the new year 1980, Vysotsky's illness began to progress and turned into real agony. We will reconstruct the events with chronological accuracy from January 1st up to July 25th, 1980. The film is told by people who knew Vysotsky closely in the last year of his life.