Tatyana Samoylova as Veronika; Aleksey Batalov as Boris; Vasiliy Merkurev as Fyodor Ivanovich; Aleksandr Shvorin as Mark
Veronika and Boris come together in Moscow shortly before World War II. Walking along the river, they watch cranes fly overhead, and promise to rendezvous before Boris leaves to fight. Boris misses the meeting and is off to the front lines, while Veronika waits patiently, sending letters faithfully. After her house is bombed, Veronika moves in with Boris' family, into the company of a cousin with his own intentions.