The plot tells about the construction of the Novosibirsk academic town, about the work of scientists in Siberia. Landscape: trees in the forest, squirrel on a tree. Vice-President of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR M. A. Lavrentyev and other scientists are on the territory of the construction of the Academic Town. Moments of various works on construction sites. Academician B.V. Voitsekhovsky demonstrates the operation of a hydrodynamic unit. Novosibirsk University students listen to a lecture, study in the laboratory of the university. A university graduate student defends his dissertation in front of members of the academic council. MA Lavrent'ev conducts experiments in the laboratory. Physics laboratory staff are conducting experiments on the accelerator. Academician A. A. Trofimuk examines test tubes with oil. Types of oil rigs in Siberia, a chemical plant, an oil pipeline. Photos of Academician M. A. Lavrentyev in different years. Schoolchildren in a lesson in a physics and mathematics boarding school, created on the initiative of M. A. Lavrentyev.