After the battle Cossack Vasyl returnes home to the village Dykanka. But the vacation is interrupted by two envoys who bring hramota (sealed official document) from the hetman. Vasyl must immediately deliver the letter to Peterburg, the capital of the Russian Empire, otherwise Vasyl will be executed. However the devil himself is hunting for this document.
The film depicts the adventures of Vasyl in sequences that are filled with Ukrainian culture, and shows Ukrainian cuisine, costumes, traditions, mystical and comedy-filled situations, anecdotes, and a plethora of obstacles which Vasyl must overcome.