Hans Bugge, who owns a small, poor farm, is engaged to Grethe, the beautiful daughter on the neighbouring farm. They are free to marry, but not until Hans has 20,000 crowns in a savings account. The outlook is grim. He barely knows what a bankbook looks like and Grethe’s mother, the widow Holm, is unyielding. One day Hans gets a visit from his sister Clara, now an actress in Copenhagen, who turns life on the small farm upside down.
The script for this short farce was Dreyer’s first independent screenwriting assignment for Nordisk Films Kompagni, where he started working on 1 July 1913.