Evidently you are referring to the long short story or novella titled "The Steppe" by Anton Chekhov. You can find information about the work by using the reference link below this answer box. Some of the information on the story in eNotes is only available to subscribers. You can also type "The Steppe" in the Search box at the top of this page to get to the appropriate eNotes information. "The Steppe" is a long story about two men and a boy who are traveling across the seemingly endless and monotonous open plain in Southern Russia. It is not a very dramatic work, but Chekhov makes the reader feel the vastness of Russia and the patient, indomitable spirit of the people.