Hae Sun, a maiden of a seashore village, marries Sung Gu but becomes a widow in three months. When the wanderer Sang Su falls in love with Hae Sun, Sung Ho, Sung Gu’s brother, is unable to do any work for he also loves her. Hae Sun turns down Sang Su when he asks her to leave the village with him. But when her mother-in-law finds out about them, Hae Sun leavesthe village. Hae Sun and Sang Su go from market to market. When they meet their friend Kim, a mountain ginseng picker, they follow him to the mountains. Sang Su discovers some mountain ginseng but loses it to Kim through his trickery. Tired of the wandering life, Hae Sun yearns for the ocean.