Officer Zhilin served in the Caucasus. He received a letter from his mother, and he decided to go on vacation home. But along the way, and another Russian officer, Kostylin was captured by the Tatars. It happened due to Kostylin’s fault. He had to cover Zilin, but he saw the Tatars, was frightened and ran away from them. Kostylin turned out to be a traitor. The Tatar, who captured Russian officers, sold them to another Tatar. The prisoners were shackled and held in a barn.
The Tatars forced the officers to write letters to the families demanding ransom. Kostylin listened, and Zhilin specially wrote another address, because he knew that there was no one to buy him, the old mother Zhilina lived very poorly. Zhilin and Kostylin were sitting in the shed for a whole month. Zhilin was attached to his daughter’s daughter, Dean. She wore to him secretly cakes and milk, and he made dolls for her. Zhilin began to think about how to run away from captivity with Kostylin. Soon he began to undermine the shed.
They escaped at night. When they entered the forest, Kostylin began to lag behind and whine – he rubbed his feet with his boots. Because of Kostylin they did not go far, they were noticed by a Tatar who was passing through the forest. He told the owners of the hostages, they took the dogs and quickly caught up with the prisoners. They were again put on shackles and did not shoot them even at night. Instead of a shed of hostages, five meters of depth were planted in the pit. Zhilin still did not despair. I wondered how I could escape. She was rescued by Dean. At night she brought a long stick, let her down into the pit, and along it Zhilin climbed up. But Kostylin stayed, did not want to run away: he was frightened, and there was no strength.
Zhilin moved away from the village and tried to remove the shoe, but he did not succeed. Dina gave him cakes in the way, and cried, saying goodbye to Zhilin. He was kind to the girl, and she was very attached to him. Zhilin went farther and farther, although the shoe was very disturbing. When the forces were over, he crawled, and crawled to the field, after which there were already their own, the Russians. Zhilin was afraid that the Tatars would notice him when he crossed the field. Only thought about it, look: to the left, on the hill, tithes in two from it, there are three Tatars. They saw Zhilin and rushed to him. So his heart broke. ZHilin waved his hands, shouted what was his spirit: “Brothers! Help! Brothers!”. Zsalin heard the Cossacks and rushed across the Tatars. Tatars were frightened, they did not reach Zilin and began to stop. So the Cossacks of Zilin were rescued. Zhilin told them about his adventures, and then he says: “So I went home, got married! No, my destiny is evident.” It remained Zhilin to serve in the Caucasus. But only a month later Kostylina was redeemed for five thousand. They barely brought the living.