A Russian circus visits the US. A clown wants to defect, but doesn't have the nerve. His saxophone playing friend comes to the decision to defect in the middle of Bloomingdales. He is befriended by the black security guard and falls in love with the Italian immigrant from behind the perfume counter. We follow his life as he works his way through the American dream and tries to find work as a musician.
Ludmila Kramarevsky, playing Vladimir's mother, juggles 3 rolls of toilet paper twice, once in his apartment in Moscow and once on the street in New York. There's also a brief glimpse of 3 clubs at one point.