The film is a screen version of the novel by Dimitar Dimov (1909-1966) and deals with the conflicts and contradictions in Bulgarian society during a period stretching from the early thirties to the end of the Second World War.
The action takes place in a small town against the background of inter-class tension and industrial strife. Boris Morev, embittered by his miserable existence, is resolved to make it to the top as fast as possible. He leaves his girlfriend Irina and marries the daughter of a wealthy owner of cigarette factory. Profitting from the death of his father-in-law and the mental illness of his wife, he assumes control of the factory and begins exploiting the workers even more mercilessly. He takes advantage of Irina's continuing affection and makes her first his mistress and later his wife. Boris plans a big business deal with a Greek tobacco magnate. The deal depends on the approval of the director of the German tobacco concern for Eastern Europe, von Geier. Aware of the German's infatuation with Irina, Boris asks her to work her charms and convince von Geier to approve of the deal. Irina's love towards Boris slowly turns to hatred as his obsession with money and power grows. As Boris ...Written by
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