The movie was color and is set some time in 19th century during the gold rush.
A medical student leaves university and to search for a gold mine. He suffers very much and finally finds a mine but it takes 10 years to make money even while he knows he is standing on gold.
His family supports him as long as they can. A shopkeeper who gave him trousers is rewarded by him after he becomes rich. He becomes the richest man of his age, married to a young lady who met him a sea voyage. In opposition to tax rises by the government he closes the gold mine. He lives in an island and is killed. He enjoyed his money a few years.