Ivan Brovkin doesn't fit into life of his village as he constantly does something wrong. After yet another failure he has to join the Soviet Army where he finally begins to improve. Meanwhile he writes letters home to the girl he loves.
Ivan Brovkin returns home from the army, but he decides not to stay at his mother's house and joins the Virgin Lands Campaign. His bride refuses to go with him, so he has to persuade her to go by giving all the effort he has to fieldwork.