Mo-hwa, a tightrope walker’s daughter, bears a child fathered by the son of Choi, a local nobleman. Choi, infuriated, kills Mo-hwa’s father, while Mo-hwa, barely escaping death, goes through life’s ordeals to become a shaman. She leaves her son, Wuk, at a temple and adopts Nang, a mute, whom she will make her successor. Years later, Wuk grown up now, finds Mo-hwa but, as a Christian, he is perplexed by his mother. Nang and Wuk are drawn to each other and their forbidden love finally crosses the line. When Mo-hwa tries to make Nang a shaman through a rite, Wuk intervenes, confessing that he is a Christian, and together with Nang, he leaves his mother. Director Choi Ha-won, having already displayed his talent in adapting novels to films with his 1969 film , made another literature-adapted film from Kim Dong-ri’s same-titled novel of 1972. The conflict between characters in a collision of shamanism and Christianity is superbly depicted in this film. The heroine Yoon Jung-hee won Best Actress at the 18th Asia Pacific Film Festival.