This mysterious and richly poetic tale carries us through the majestic fjords of Norway to discover the seaside world of Ellida Wangel, a loving but restless wife who discovers her own path to free will and self-determination.
As a young woman, Ellida was drawn irresistibly to a sailor whose ship had been docked near her town. In a symbolic and secret ceremony, the lovers cast their rings into the sea. Forced to flee suddenly, the sailor pledges to return to her one day.
When years later the sailor unexpectedly returns, Ellida had long struggled to forget her first vows and had married the widowed Dr. Wangel. Caught between two worlds and two loves, Ellida must struggle for the freedom to choose her own destiny.