Yakov, the kindly cobbler, and his wife, Olga, are heartbroken because their son, Mikhail, is very ill. They seek advice from a wise old man, who enlists the help of seven thieves and proves that miracles can occur if we do good deeds. Seven slippery scoundrels. One tricky lock. An unlikely solution . . . "I want you to go into town and find all the thieves, pickpockets, and criminals who live there," said the wise old man. "Then I want you to bring them to me. The worse they are, the better." Pavel's big green eyes grew even bigger. "But Grandfather," he said, "isn't that dangerous?" The wise old man put his hand on his heart and said, "You must trust me. . . ."