Ancient wooden churches and chapels in the peasant villages of the Arkhangelsk region. Views of villages in winter and during spring floods. Peasant huts and outbuildings. Peasant household items, icons in the huts. Village cemetery. Carpenters make crosses in the workshop. Film portraits of villagers. The priest performs a funeral rite over the body of the deceased. The film includes newsreels from the 20s about the work and life of peasants, old family photographs of villagers and photographs of villages, temples, and a mill.