The story opens with Alexey Ivanovitch thinking of talking the children of his employer a general out for a walk. Their names are the Naida and Mischa. Polina Alexandrovna is the stepdaughter of the general. She gives Alexey money to gamble.
The general 's family is waiting for the grandmother to die since they will get her inheritance. This can solve their debt problem. Alexey enters the casino and does not like the atmosphere. He plays roulette. There is a lot of information given on gambling.
The General is engaged to Mademoiselle Blanche who will marry him if he is financially stable. So she too is waiting for the grandmother to die. The General borrowed money from Frenchman, Monsieur le Comte, so the Frenchman to has an interest in Grandmother dying.
It seems everyone is eagerly awaiting for the grandmother to die. But there is atwist. The grandmother comes to Germany fully recovered. She goes to the casino to gamble. She wins and is addicted to it.
Gambling is addicted since the person losing money continues playing thinking they will win. The person winning continues to play in the hope that they will win.
The story is written in a simple manner. Also, you should not gamble even if you are winning. The book shows the realistic side of gambling. Overall it is not a bad read.