A girl has two admirers, one a blacksmith, whom she prefers, and the other her cousin. Her father, a miser, wishes her to marry the latter, but she refuses. When her true love pays her a visit the father sends his servants to capture the young man, and they put his in a cell. Later, the old man makes his nightly visit to the vault beneath his house, where, in a huge coffin or shell, he keeps his hoarded wealth. The nephew sees the old man go, and follows him. When he has gone, the nephew gets into the great coffin to better obtain the gold. While there, he has a fright on seeing a white-robed apparition in the doorway. It turns out to be the girl he admires, who is walking in her sleep. She chances to touch the rod which holds up the lid of the coffin, and it comes down with a crash, shutting the man in. The noise wakes the girl, and she is naturally distressed at finding herself in strange and unfamiliar surroundings. She faints, but just then her lover arrives. He has found a secret...
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