The play is about Glumov, a young man who decides, by all means, to make a career. But the main thing is this statement about the people who make up the high society. The so-called elite needs liars and flatterers, and loyalty is more important to it than talent. The scoundrel and adventurer, who wished to deceive everyone and everything, leads a thoughtful intrigue of a detective story, and only a small accident destroys his plans for penetrating the upper world.
Ostrovsky's comedy, ridiculing secular society, shows what cynical attempts to break into power and money in any way can turn into.