Living at the foot of the Chilean Andez, in feudal style, Don Francisco Al word is law- except when it comes to his sister, who lives on the adjoining property, controls his water supply. Don Francisco has mortgaged himself deeply to get his son of an entanglement, and needs all the water he can get to ensure his hemp crop, by fair means or foul. He fails- the crop is lost- and news comes that his son is dead. New reforms threaten his power- he ignores them. He dies as he has lived, resisting the advice of others. And when his sister and his widow bury their differences, they learn that the dead son had an illegitimate son. The name will go on! There are injections of sex to spice a rather studied-plot- but it doesn't quite jell.