Haiwa is a twelve-year-old boy and the son of a guerrilla leader. One day, he is entrusted with urgent dispatch that must be brought to the Communist Eighth Route Army, which is fighting the Imperial Japanese Army in northeast China. The letter is marked with three feathers, indicating its importance. He embarks on his mission but must avoid the many Japanese patrols. At one point, he is forced to hide the dispatch under a sheep while posing as a shepherd. Later, he is captured by the Japanese who force him to act as a guide and scout. Using his wits, he leads the Japanese forces into an ambush, where they are killed and he is rescued. Delivering the important letter, the Communist army is able to use the information contained therein to capture a Japanese commander. 抗日战争时期，华北根据地龙门村有赵姓父子两人，父亲（舒适）是民兵队中队长，12岁的儿子海娃（蔡元元）则是儿童团团长。某天，赵父让海娃给八路军送一封有关攻打日军炮楼的鸡毛信，海娃装扮成放羊娃赶着一群羊携信上路。 路途，海娃遇到敌人，急中生智把信藏在绵羊的尾巴之下，逃过一劫。海娃被迫带路，晚上却趁敌人熟睡取信逃跑，中间信一度得而复失、失而复得，海娃也再落敌人之手，这回，聪明勇敢的他将敌人引上了歧途，而敌人发现上当时，打伤了海娃的手，这时，八路军赶到
Leather with Feather is a 1954 Chinese film directed by Shi Hui and written by the playwright and filmmaker, Zhang Junxiang. A war film that was targeted at children, Letter with Feather focuses on a young boy who, through his wits, delivers an important message to the 8th Route Army while evading Imperial Japanese forces during the Second Sino-Japanese War.