Events are unfolding in autumn 1848 in Lviv. Shchepko, a stumpy man and Lviv's batiar comes out of jail where he had to spend the last night for an another drunken romp. Shchepko saves a young and beautiful Milcia - the rich Pole Waligurski's daughter from the river. Milcia is thankful to her savior and love quickly breaks out between the two young people. It figures out that Milcia got to the river because of a dangerous maneuver of the carriage, which belongs to the Austrian Empire monarch's nephew. To make amends, the emperor's nephew gives Milcia a ring. Poles and Ukrainians are preparing to the uprising against the Austrian authority. Shchepko remains indifferent even if he has some friends in the Ukrainian underground organization. A regiment from Vienna enters the city. The Poles build a barricade in the centre and start the uprising. Sir Waligurski leads the rebels and his daughter helps him actively. Shchepko gets to know about it from Yasko, a twelve-year-old boy from the ...
The Ukrainian batiar (Lviv's subculture) from Lviv falls in love with the daughter of a Polish noble. To save her he joins the Polish uprising against Austria in Lviv in 1848. In the result he becomes a hero of the revolution.