Morten Borgen, a Grundtvigian, owns the biggest farm in his West Jutland parish. His middle son, Johannes, has lost his mind and thinks he is Jesus. His youngest son cannot get permission to marry the daughter of Peter the Taylor, leader of the Home Mission (an evangelical branch of the Church of Denmark). When Inger, the wife of Morten’s eldest son, dies in childbirth, her eight-year-old daughter asks Johannes to bring her mother back to life. The child’s simple faith moves him to work a miracle that makes the local inter-church conflict meaningless.