A parable about a peasant girl who rescues a baby and becomes a better mother than its natural parents. The "frame" play is set in the Soviet Union around the end of the Second World War. It shows a dispute between two communes, the Rosa Luxemburg fruit growing commune and the Galinsk goat farming commune, over who is to own and manage an area of farm land after the Nazis have retreated from a village and left it abandoned. A parable has been organised by one group, an old folk tale, to be played out to cast light on the dispute. The Singer, Arkadi Cheidze, arrives with his band of musicians, then tells the peasants the fable, which forms the main narrative, and intertwines throughout much of the play. The Singer often takes on the thoughts of characters, enhances the more dramatic scenes with stronger narration than simple dialogue, and is responsible for most scene and time changes. At the end he states that the land should go to those who will use it most productively, the fruit growers, and not those who had previous ownership..