Officer Zhilin served in the Caucasus. Once he receives a letter from his mother and decides to go away to rest in his native land. On the way, he meets an officer and two of them are caught by Tatars. The guilt of this situation was Kostylin, since he had to cover up Zilin, but, frightened by the Tatars, he immediately fled. And he showed himself as a traitor.
Tatars, that they were caught, sold them to other Tatars. Kostylina and Zhilin were long held in shackles in a barn. They were forced to write letters to relatives, asking them to buy them. After listening to the Tatars, Kostylin wrote a letter to his mother, and his former companion could not write such a letter, since his mother was a very poor old woman, and he wrote a similar letter to a non-existent address.
Officer Zhilin does not despair and again builds an escape plan, the owner’s daughter brings him a stick, through which he was able to climb up. Kostylin, disillusioned and tired, refuses and remains in captivity in the pit. Going far from the village of the Tatars, he tries to remove the shackles, but from the design of the officer Zhilin nothing happens. Since the girl Diana had collected a few cakes for him, he ate a little, thinking about her and about how she was crying, saying goodbye. The pad very much hindered the officer, but he continued his journey.
When the last forces were running