While doing his job, the old ferryman of a village dies. Since it cannot be determined why he suddenly died, no one has applied to replace him for a very long time. One day, however, a homeless girl comes to the village looking for work. She declares herself ready to take over as ferryman. The following night, she witnesses a young man across the river being pursued and who is injured. She rescues him, hides him in her hut, and nurses him back to health. She naturally falls in love with him, too. Soon thereafter, a mysterious stranger appears on the other bank who wants to be taken across the river. When he asks about the young man, Maria immediately realizes she is in the presence of Death.