Young farmer Václav Marunáč hurt himself badly when the horses bolted. He is returning from the hospital in a plaster cast and with a minimal chance for recovery. All the hard work falls on his old father and his wife Hedvika who is helped by her son Vašík. The old father calls for his younger son Jakub, who lives in the city, to help. Hedvika's legal right to the estate is unsure and she is worried that Vašík's inheritance will be in danger. She is surprised when she notices Jakub paying her attention. Jakub has disputes with his father which culminate in him taking part in the cooperative meeting. Hedvika and Jakub are getting closer through the hard work and Václav feels that his wife is drifting away from him. Jakub is very attentive to Hedvika and gives her a scarf for her birthday. Hedvika hides the scarf, but tormented by jealousy Václav gets up from his bed and he finds the scarf. Frightened Hedvika is unexpectedly confronted by Václav, but suddenly Václav dies. Hedvika and Jakub's relationship changes after Václav's death. Hedvika feels guilty, she is cold and unapproachable. They both already work in the cooperative but Jakub decides to return to the city and comes to say goodbye to Hedvika. It is only then that Hedvika realizes that she will lose Jakub. They fall into each other's arms.
sedlák Václav Marunáč
Václav, Marunáčův starší syn
Hedvika, žena Václava Marunáče ml.
Jakub, Marunáčův mladší syn
správce statku Kosil
Vašík, syn Václava ml. a Hedviky
Stanislav Kautský, Bohumil Vodička
Jakubové / O život a lásku