Synopsis by Clarke Fountain
Tanya (Natalya Chernyavskaya) marries her young man (Valery Nikolaev) after she becomes pregnant. He soon leaves her to pursue a moneymaking scheme in Siberia which turns sour and lands him in jail. In the meantime, she has been living with her mother and earning a living in as a stenographer (someone who records what they hear verbatim using a stenograph machine and then transcribes it). She has been augmenting her salary by helping out a journalist (Viktor Proskurin) who has fallen in love with her. Meanwhile her husband has been paroled but can't leave Siberia. Tanya travels to see him while mulling over an offer to spend two years in Australia with the journalist.