The farmers sons William and Gieljan become involved in the violent death of their father, the heemraad Rijk Beijen.
Ten years after the death of Rijk Beijen, Thera Beijen, the widow, holds tight the reins on the farm Watersnoodt.
Gieljan Beijen tries to break free of his domineering mother and the rich farm Watersnoodt with all his strength. But he underestimates his mother.
Gieljan Beijen is betrothed to the quiet and understated Aaigie Scheer, by his mother, Thera. On the farm Watersnoodt a stranger logs.
After the death of his wife Aaigie, Gieljan Beijen decides to sell his farm and everything associated with it. But that will not be the only thing.
Gieljan Beijen has fled his homel and his family to go to sea. At the farm Watersnoodt peace has returned, but appearances are deceiving.
Thera Beijen, the proud woman of Watersnoodt, starts to miss her rebellious son Gieljan, who is to sailing. Meanwhile her son William weds against her will.
Gieljan Beijen has returned to Watersnoodt when disaster threatens from all sides. The servant Jaap is wanted by the police and the water threatens the dikes.