Returning from the Vietnam War, Chang-su, a scrubber, runs into Young-ja at the police station. Three years ago, Chang-su, an iron foundry worker, met housemaid Young-ja. He fell in love with her, and proposed before leaving for Vietnam. However, while he is gone, Young-ja is exploited by the boss's son and kicked out. After working in a bar, Young-ja becomes a bus conductor, loses one of her arms in a traffic accident and becomes a prostitute. Chang-su tries to save her, but she leaves him for the sake of his future. After several years, Chang-su discovers Young-ja living happily with her husband, wishes her happiness and departs.