In a Gypsy settlement, mourning prevails due to the loss of Zigkos, the leader of the clan. Later on, they celebrate the appointment of the new leader, who, according to custom, is no other than Vantar, son of the deceased. A chance meeting between Vantar and the beautiful Gypsy woman Maira triggers the beginning of a passionate love. Another Gypsy, however, Karatzais, also desires Maira. He woos her with passion and succeeds in winning her over. Vantar, disappointed and bitter, seeks comfort in the arms of a rich white woman, Margarita, but finds it difficult to live with her. Nevertheless, the incorruptible law of the Gypsies is death, and that is where both Maira and Karatzais end up.