There is a group of young Flemish people who like to spend the majority of their time drinking and having a good time. The three hear the sound of a funeral knell. They are told by one of their servants that an old friend of theirs had just been killed. Their friend was killed by somebody named Death.
The three were outraged and whilst still drunk, decide to go track down and kill this figure named Death to avenge the death of their old friend.
The three rioters begin traveling down the road where they run into an old, sorrowful-looking man. The old man tells the rioters that he had been waiting to be taken by Death for a long time. The men demanded to know where to find death after the old man mentioned it. The man tells them that he just left Death in a grove under an oak tree.
When they arrived at the tree, they do not find death. Instead, they find eight bushels of coins. They know that they cannot transport the gold into town during the daylight, so they send the youngest into town to get bread and wine.
The youngest comes up with a plan to poison the wine of his fellow rioters, making him the richest man in town. At the same time, the other two decide to kill the youngest.
When the younger one returned from town, he is killed by his former friends. In celebration, they each grab a glass of wine without knowing that they had been poisoned. The rioters had been on a journey to find Death, who they were told killed their friend. While they did not find what they were looking for, they all found death.