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
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,