This story starts when Archangel Gabriel hears the voice of God in paradise blessing someone. Gabriel thinks that this is surely a beloved person of God. Assuming that this has to be a great person, Gabriel searches for him in the heavens and on earth. Unable to find the person, Gabriel decides to asks God.
God points out a person and Gabriel is shocked. Tolstoy builds suspense by showing an unlikely person from the Judeo-Christian perspective. However, God, in his infinite wisdom, explains to Gabriel his reasons. The story ends by concluding that God sees the hearts of people. Tolstoy's story touches the topic of religious tolerance.