Famous for being the first Soviet film to show frontal nudity, Little Vera, played by Natalya Negoda, is a small-town girl trapped in the soul-deadening environment of a provincial port town. A chance meeting with handsome student Sergei makes her claim she is pregnant. He obligingly marries her and moves in with her dysfunctional family. Violence ensues when Natalya’s drunken father stabs Sergei. Persuaded to lie about the incident by her mother and coming to realise her genuine love for the student, Vera teeters on the edge. Sergei rescues her, almost by accident. What kind of future will they have?