A journalist is tortured by police in the wake of political and social chaos, and the information he reveals leads to the death of a popular rebel leader. The journalist recovers and is sent to interview a plantation owner who is fighting to save his land from being nationalized. Men are helpless to halt the changes that are sweeping the country. The journalist is driven off his father-in-laws land when he voices support of a rebel strongman. His younger brother tries to grab the land for himself and ingratiate himself to the new government. In a pique of revolutionary fervor, the journalist wishes for his brother's death and threatens to have his father arrested. The patriarch commits suicide after burning down his home so it will not fall into the hands of the rebels. The journalist inherits the land and all the problems of the peasants he tried to help.
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