After having been away for many years, Yegor returns to his home village. From his younger brother Pashka he learns about mysterious death of his father. The two brothers inherit a small farm with a few cows and a debt to the local businessman Gleb. To pay this debt Gleb suggest they sell the cows for meat and give him the land, but Pashka is against this. Yegor and Pashka fight, and after the father's funeral Pashka takes the cows in an unknown direction.