A merchant passing spends the night in the hut of a poor family in which a child is being born. He overhears a conversation between the three Fates about the destiny of the new-born boy. The first wants to see him hanged when he is grown up and the second drowned while the third foretells that he will spend the entire wealth of the merchant who is present in the room.
Now the merchant tries to escape his fate. He takes the boy with him and leaves him alone in the forest, hoping that he will die. But the baby is found by some girls who take him to their home. The boy grows up with his foster parents. By chance the merchant hears about the foundling; he realises who this young man is and gains him as his son-in-law by marrying him to his daughter. He orders his servants to throw the man into the well when he is fetching water. To lure his son-in-law to the well, he pretends to be sick and asks his daughter to send her husband to fetch water from the well. The daughter indignantly refuses to send her husband to the well just for a glass of water and hands her father some water from the supply in the house. When the merchant later goes to the well himself, the servants, blindly obeying his orders, throw him into the shaft by mistake.