Officer Zhilin served in the Caucasus. He received a letter from his mother and decided to go on vacation home. But along the way, and another Russian officer, Kostylin was captured by the Tatars. The Tatar, who captured Russian officers, sold them to another Tatar. They were held in shackles in one barn.
The Tatars forced the officers to write a letter home with a ransom demand. Kostylin wrote, and Zhilin specially wrote another address, because he knew that there was nobody to redeem him. They lived like this for a whole month. Zhilin was tied to the daughter’s daughter, Dean, she wore cakes and milk for him, and he made pupae for her. Zhilin began to think how he and Kostylin could escape from captivity, began digging a tunnel in the shed.
And one night they escaped.
Zhilin moved away from the village and wanted to remove the shoe, but he did not succeed. Dina gave him cakes in the way, and then she began to cry, saying goodbye to Zhilin: she was very attached to him, because he was very kind to her. And Zhilin began to go farther and farther, even though the shoe and very disturbed, when the strength ended, he crawled, so he crawled to the field, after which there were already their Russians. But Zhilin was afraid that the Tatars would notice him when he crossed the field. Just thought to look: to the left, on the hill, there are three Tatars, tithes for two. They saw him and started off to him. So his heart broke. Waved his hands, shouted what was his spirit: Brothers! Help out! Brothers! Zsalin heard the Cossacks and rushed across the Tatars. The Tatars were frightened, they did not reach it. So the Cossacks of Zilin were rescued. Zhilin told them how he had been, and said: So I went home, got married! No, it’s not my destiny. And I stayed to serve in the Caucasus. But only a month later Kostylina was redeemed for five thousand. They barely brought the living.