The life of Zuriko, an orphan passes in the hands of his grandmother Olga and weirdly funny and loving neighbors Iliko and Illarion. Despite the war and famine these people never lose the sense of humor. Iliko and Illarion constantly prank each other in a series of practical jokes, though they are the closest friends. Meanwhile, Zuriko writes his first poems and his first love letter. The time passes. Zuriko graduates in Tbilisi and comes back to his village.