Farmer Květ is a popular chairman of the paris council of the village Jiřice. Neighbours meet at his house and Květ's daughter Světluška reads to them from Czech books brought to them by the old Refunda. Alderman Ouřada, on the contrary, is not liked for his informing to the authorities. He envies Květ, his brother-in-law, his office which he had tried to acquire for himself. Ouřada's s on Vavřina loves Světluška, but she rejects him because of his father. Květ receives an order from the prince for all the farmers to come to the castle to help at the hunt. Květ calls the neighbours together and they decide not to carry out this command, despite Ouřada's threats. The offended prince places Květ under arrest and hands over the office to Ouřada. Refunda, with the help of Rozhoda, brings together all the farmers from local villages and they go off to the castle. Bewitched by power, Ouřada is accidentally killed by a soldier on guard. Květ, now free, returns home to find his wife has died. After the corveé is abolished, the country life returns to normal and Vavřina wins the heart of Světluška.
Květova dcera Světluška
Květův švagr Ouřada
Květova sestra Ouřadová
Ouřadův syn Vavřina
písmák Refunda, původně hrabě Kolowrat