Lethierry, goes bankrupt, sells his property and gives his last money to his friend Clubin dispatching him to purchase a vessel. Clubin appropriates part of the money. As a result the ship "Durande" which lacks the up-to-date mechanism wrecks on the way home. Lethierry promises that he will let his daughter Deruchette marry anyone who brings the ship ashore. Gilliat is as good as his word, but Deruchette is in love with pastor Ebenezer Caudray. The lovers furtively get married. Gilliat gives them his family ring and drowns himself in the sea.