In the Russian Rostov family, elder brother Kolya was the stronger. He and his sister Anna were talented ballet dancers. Their fame brought them some rewards they were able to care for their family. The Rostov family was a close knit family, but poor. Their parents were elderly and Kolya and Anna's brother too young to work. However, when touring the United States, Kolya and Anna were introduced to a new lifestyle. They decided to defect, but only Kolya was successful. Anna returned to Russia and their family.