Alexandrine was in charge of the orphanage in Siberia. She met Andriev when he was guarding the political prisoner prison and felt attracted to him but his cold calculating character made her decide to return to the city after the fire that destroyed the orphanage. She left Andriev in charge of two children. A year later Andriev contacts her to get some information on Tonia´s family. To his surprise, Alexandrine claims to be the little girl´s mother. He knows this is not true but decides to stay close to Alexandrine and see if she gets fond of the little girl and could eventually become a good mother for her.