Synopsis by Clarke Fountain
In Sian, in the Autonomous Region of Uighur, a shepherdess is elected to be the leader of a worker's brigade in an agricultural commune. She takes on this responsibility despite the disapproval of her husband and of the independent shepherds of the region. When she discovers that her husband has sold communally-owned grass to these independent herdsmen on the black market, she leaves his tent. Independent herdsmen conspire with a crooked veterinarian to have the commune's sheep injected with a soporific and exposed to the cold winter air outside the shed they are being kept in. The clever new brigade leader catches on in time to save the commune's sheep and exposes the culprits for the villains they are, getting wounded in the process. Seeing the goodness of his wife, the leader's husband repents his erroneous ways and rejoins her.
commune, con/scam, disapproval, husband, leader, shepherd, women's-issues