In a rural area lives a humble but promising young farmer girl called Mari Pataki. Her father forbids her from seeing the man she loves. The father, preoccupied above all with work in the fields and prospective wealth, decides to marry his daughter with an old, but rich, man with whom he does business. Land marries land, he says. This seems to be the unyielding rule of the Hungarian peasantry. The young lover, however, is ready to stand up to any challenge that comes his way.