Phillip Erington, a rich Englishman, is loved by Clara Winsleigh. He repulses her. To get away from the women who run after him he takes three of his friends in his yacht and sets sail for Norway. Here on the shores he meets Thelma, a beautiful Norse maiden. He visits her home and soon learns to love her. With her father's consent he asks her to be his wife. She consents. Sigured, a half wild boy, is her constant companion; is so jealous that he tries to kill Phillip. Dyceworthy, the English minister, also loves Thelma, but she does not care for him. He gets her to his home by a forged letter and there tries to make love to her. But she is saved by Phillip's friend Dupres and Thelma's maid, Britta. An old woman, Louisa, hates Thelma because her grandchild, Britta, has left her to live with Thelma. Another old Norse woman, Ulrica, joins with Louisa until she sees Sigured, whom she recognizes as her misshapen dwarfed son, whom she cast adrift upon the river in a basket a few days after ...
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