A man from the city visits a poor village and offers a ten-year-old peasant boy the chance to work. In order to get the job, the boy has to take part in a competition with other poor children. The man will employ whoever can carry a crippled child - who lost his legs in war - to school on his back. A tough contest takes place and finally, the boy wins. For one dollar a day, the peasant boy carries his crippled charge to school and back. Like a horse. He races with donkeys in the street. He bathes his rider; he plays with him, tends to him, and takes bread to his family. But the crippled boy is not happy: he had asked his father to buy him a horse, not a boy.