synopsisMaximilian is a greedy, cold and unscrupulous doctor but at the same time a charming and risk-loving genius. His son Ernst on the other hand, continually strives to give his best but always seems to be at the losing end. He is forced into marriage by Vally, a streetwise and unscrupulous former maid of his parents’, who is carrying his child. Ernst’s true love, the beautiful countess Eveline, claims to be pregnant by him - but when the baby turns out not to be his after all. Joining the army and returning home to take care of his ailing father, who has suffered a stroke, he takes over his practice and reunites with Vally who cares touchingly for the motherless infant he left behind.