It is 1933 and Mikhail Bulgakov's enviable career is on the brink. His friend and mentor, poet Osip Mandelstam, has been arrested, tortured and exiled. Meanwhile, a mysterious agent of the secret police has developed an obsession with exposing Bulgakov as an enemy of the state. To make matters worse, Bulgakov has fallen in love with the dangerously candid Margarita. Facing arrest, and infatuated with Margarita, he is inspired to write his masterpiece, "The Master and Margarita," a scathing novel critical of power and the powerful.