The story "Alien" tells of a young Russian soldier who was captured in Chechen. Living and working in a family of his worst enemies, the Chechens, he sees them from a different side, from the inside. They know how to enjoy their hard life, they can forgive and be generous. In this war, they simply protect their home, their traditions, their life. Russian soldiers and officers, on the contrary, are shown from the dark side. On his own fate, Zhenya Naydyonov sees the devil-may-care attitude of the Russian command towards its own soldiers. There comes an understanding that this is an unnecessary war for anyone. Aliens are getting closer, theirs are aliens.