South Mongolia, springtime in the Gobi Desert: The season of the camels' births is ending, the last colt is being borne in the herd of a family of nomadic shepherds. But the colt’s mother, disturbed by the difficult delivery – her first one – rejects her newborn. The skinny young camel, weakened by hunger, follows its mother and fights for nourishment and love, yet nothing can smoothen her hardheartedness. When all hope for the little camel seems to vanish, the shepherds send their two sons to a faraway town to fetch a violinist. Through a ritual singing and the peculiar sound of the horse-head fiddle the nomads penetrate the heart of the camel mother, until she actually pours large tears and accepts her little one.