While plowing his field, a poor farmer, accidentally uncovers an ancient burial chamber loaded with gold artifacts. Realizing that the trove would somehow liberate him from his bumpkin existence, he brings pieces of it to a jeweler in the city. In the city the farmer is dazzled by department-store glitter, and he spends his subterranean riches on kitchen appliances, velvet furniture, and lawn statuary. The man's sudden wealth does not go unnoticed, and his treasure becomes the inevitable quarry of the village. How long will his wealth and happiness last?