November of 1942. The Battle for Stalingrad is at its height. One hundred kilometers to the North, a tiny village of Shishka sitting on a hill in the middle of the step lives a life of its own. The war is felt here, notifications of battlefield deaths get here as well, and the sounds of distant explosions and canonades and the many planes flying are heard. The heroes of this cinematic saga are sixteen years old sheperd Vanya, a city youth Igor, and a local beauty Kalya. This is love triangle. Of course, Kalya prefers the handsome and educated Igor. Vanya is jealous, he suffers he suffers and confides in his closest friends, the oxes that have miraculously still in a village so close to the front lines.