1 part. A panorama of the tumbled down monuments and gravestones at the cemetery of the Donskoy Monastery. The man is sitting in the house, playing the harp. General view of the river. Newsreel footage: a horse harnessed to a harrow is walking across the field, followed by a small child with a twig. General view of a wheat field. View of one of the monasteries. Celebrating the 1000th anniversary of the baptism of Rus in Novgorod. The audience and the clergy at the monument to the 1000th anniversary of Russia. Theatrical procession in honor of the holiday. The barge with the participants of the holiday floats along the river. Schoolchildren in the assembly hall of one of the schools. Writers V. Rasputin, D. Balashov and V. Nikitin at a meeting of schoolchildren. V. Rasputin's speech (sinhr.) At the meeting. Loading and unloading operations in one of the river ports. Interview with D. Balashov (sinhr.). View of a destroyed temple in one of the monasteries. Interview with Doctor of Law G.I. Litvinova (sinhr.). Part 2. Writer D. Balashov is walking with his son on the road, talking with him. D. Balashov gives interviews (sinhr.) Novgorod artist Grebennikov at work in his studio. View of the artist's paintings. Interview with artist Grebennikov (sinhr.). Members of the Grebennikov family at the dinner table. Religious procession in honor of the celebration of the 1000th anniversary of the baptism of Rus. Interview with the writer V. Astafiev (sinhr.). Part 3. The leader of the national-patriotic society "Memory" D. Vasiliev gives an interview on the territory of the Donskoy Monastery. View of one of the destroyed temples. Artist Grebennikov gives interviews at home (sinhr.). Interiors of rooms in the artist's house. Service in one of the temples. Village street view. The cart drives through the street. Interview with Doctor of Law G. Litvinova (sinhr.). View of the tumbled down monuments on the territory of one of the cemeteries. A folk holiday in one of the villages: those present lead round dances, sing, swing on a swing.