Original title: Krik tischiny
International title: Cry of Silence
Winter of 1942, during the siege of Leningrad: adolescent Katya lost her parents in the war and has to fight her way through the times of hunger and cold all by herself. There are air raid alarms every night; and there is nobody to stand by her in the air-raid shelter. When the sirens howl once again, a bundle with three-year-old Mitya is thrust into her hands. Katya takes the half-famished boy to the shelter. Mitya was left behind by his mother during the evacuation. Katya does not have the heart to take the delicate boy, who does not speak a word, to the overcrowded children's home. She calls him Seryozha and passes him off as her brother. Like a mother, she takes care of the little one, fearlessly wins an apartment for both of them, gets a stove and food stamps. At the hospital Katya meets wounded captain Alyosha. Alyosha has just learned that his little son died while he was fighting in the war. Now he lovingly cares for the children, torn apart by fatherly feelings and the painful memories of his boy...