Cast & Crew
Ordered by an invading army to surrender their firearms, the liberty-loving mountaineers of a Swiss village capitulate only through the efforts of their pastor. Marcus Paltram, however, a reckless hunter, defies the order. Though loved by Ciglia, who is also sought by Lorenz Gruber, Marcus is obsessively adored by Pia, a wild mountain girl, who hates Ciglia and awaits an opportunity to separate her from Marcus. At a masquerade party in the village inn, Ciglia invites him home in a drunken state; Pia, in disguise, follows and makes him a victim of her wiles. Later, when Pia's mother demands that justice be done to her daughter, Marcus disconsolately marries her, while Ciglia and Gruber soon marry. During a storm, Marcus is endangered, and Pia persuades the villagers to go on a rescue expedition. Infuriated by his wife's continuing love for Marcus, Gruber offers Marcus a bribe to leave the village. Marcus spurns the proposition and is forced to shoot Gruber in self-defense. Accused of murder, Marcus flees into the mountains with Ciglia. Resolving never again to be separated, they walk into the path of an avalanche.