The year is 1919. German troops retreat from Ukraine. The Directory, the Ukrainian national government lead by Symon Petliura, takes control of Kyiv. Meanwhile, the Bolshevik division commanded by Mykola Shchors is marching on the capital. The Bolsheviks capture the cities of Vinnytsia, Zhmerynka, and others one by one, but lose Berdychiv to Petliura’s forces. They are demoralized by the defeat. By his personal example of courage and military skill, Shchors inspires the retreating Red troops and leads them to victory over the enemy.
Year 1930. Young Andrei Bashkirtsev, just graduated from school, goes to Moscow with drawings of a self-constructed airplane. Illiterate drawings are rejected, but Bashkirtsev does not abandon his dream – to build a jet-engine aircraft. But life disposes differently, and Bashkirtsev becomes the first person in Soviet rocket engineering.
Mikhail helps out Nikolay and Lyuba by giving them a ride to a nearby construction site. They will work there to build a new town and factory.
A Russian outpost in Eastern Siberia comes under threat of attack by the Japanese in this patriotic film from 1935. Aerograd is a new town with a strategically located airfield of vital interest to the government.