Once in Kiev, Captain Gorobets celebrated the wedding of his son, to which a lot of people gathered and named brother of the owner Danilo Burulbash with his young beautiful wife, Katerina and the baby son. Did not come to the wedding only Katerina’s father is an old man who returned home recently after a twenty-year absence. Everyone danced when the master brought out two wonderful icons to bless the young. Suddenly, in the crowd arose and, frightened by images, the sorcerer disappeared. At night on the Dnieper Danilo returns with his family and household to the farm. Katerina is frightened, but her husband is not afraid of the sorcerer, Poles, who can cut off their way to the Cossacks. This is all his thoughts are occupied when they swim past the castle of the old sorcerer and the cemetery where the ancestors’ bones rest. In the cemetery, meanwhile, the crosses are wobbling and terrible dead people appear from the graves, who are drawing bony hands for a month. But, they
got to the house, little hut can not put all the big family. In the morning, Danilo and his sullen and foolish father-in-law quarreled, quarrels reached the sabers and muskets. Danilo was wounded, but only Catherine’s plea, who remembered her small son, stopped him from further fighting, the Cossacks reconciled. Soon Katerina told her husband about her dream, as if her father was that terrible sorcerer, and Danila did not like the foreign habits of his father-in-law, he suspects that he was not a Christian. But most of all he is worried by the llahs, Gorobets again warned him about them. At dinner, the father-in-law does not touch food and drink, suspecting him, Danilo goes to the reconnaissance to the old castle of the sorcerer in the evening. He climbs onto the oak tree, peers out the window and sees the sorcerer’s room, lit up with something incomprehensible. The father-in-law enters and starts to conjure and here its shape changes, he becomes a sorcerer in Turkish attire. He evokes the soul of Catherine and demands that Catherine fall in love with him, threatens her. Soul Katerina refuses, Danilo is shocked
by what he saw, he returns home, wakes up his wife and tells her everything. Katerina renounces her sorcerer-father. In the iron chains in the basement of Danila sits a sorcerer, his castle is burning, tomorrow the wizard himself is awaiting execution, for conspiring with the Lyahs, but not for witchcraft. Deceiving and promising to start a righteous life, asks the sorcerer Katerina to release him so that he can save his soul, Katerina lets him go and hides the truth from her husband, realizing that she created the irreparable. Danilo feels his quick death and asks his wife to take care of his son. A huge army of laxas, as expected, attacks the farm, sets fire to huts and steals cattle. Bravely fighting Danilo, but a bullet suddenly appeared sorcerer overtakes him. Hurried to help Horobets can not comfort Katerina. Lyakhi are broken, a sorcerer sails to the ruins of his castle along the stormy Dnieper in the canoe. In the dugout he creates spells, someone terrible and terrible is at his call. Katerina, she lives at Gorobets, she sees old terrible dreams and is afraid for her son. When she awakens, she discovers her son’s dead, her mind has become confused. Mad Katerina is looking everywhere for her father, wanting him to die. A stranger comes, asks Danila and mourns for him, wants to see Katerina, talks to her about her husband for a long time, and the mind seems to return to her. But only he said that Danilo asked to take her to her after her death, she finds out in a stranger’s father and throws herself at him with a knife. But the sorcerer advances her and kills her daughter. But an unexpected miracle is beyond Kiev, the whole earth is lit, so that everything is visible at all ends. A huge horseman in the Carpathian Mountains. The sorcerer, running in fear, he recognized in the rider, the uninvited giant, who appeared during the divination. The sorcerer is haunted by nightmares, he flies to Kiev, to holy places and kills a holy elder there who refused to pray for such a sinner. And wherever the sorcerer turned his horse, his way always lies to the Carpathian mountains. Suddenly the rider opens his eyes and laughs, the sorcerer died instantly, and he saw how dead all the dead from Kiev, the Carpathians and Galich stretched out their bony hands to him, the sorcerer rushed the rider to them and dug his teeth into him. It ends with an old song of the old man in the town of Glukhov. It reads about King Stepan, who fought with the Turks and Cossack brothers Peter and Ivan. Caught Ivan the Turkish pasha, and the king shared his reward with his brother. But Peter out of envy threw his brother and child-son into the abyss, but took all the good to himself. When Peter died, God allowed Ivan to choose execution for his brother. Ivan cursed all the offspring of Peter, saying that the last in the family will be a terrible villain, and he (Ivan) will appear from the failure on the horse, when the time of the death of this villain comes, Ivan will drop Ivan the villain into the abyss, and all his ancestors from different parts of the earth will reach out gnaw it, Peter alone can not rise and, in impotent rage, gnaw his own self. He was surprised by the cruelty of such a penalty, but agreed with Ivan. Peter alone will not be able to rise and, in impotent rage, he will be gnawing himself. He was surprised by the cruelty of such a penalty, but agreed with Ivan. Peter alone will not be able to rise and, in impotent rage, he will be gnawing himself. He was surprised by the cruelty of such a penalty, but agreed with Ivan.