The final part of Mark Donskoi's trilogy tracing the life of Maxim Gorky. Maxim (Nikolai Valbert), now living in Kazan, is forced to fend for himself when his student flatmate is arrested for revolutionary activities. Finally securing a job in a bakery as a means of survival, Maxim mobilises the workers to walk out in protest at their terrible working conditions. Subsequently, Maxim resolves to empower himself through education, even though the university doors remain closed to him and his class. Preceded by 'My Childhood' (1938) and 'My Apprenticeship' (1939).