Ulrich von Gradwitz patiently awaits the arrival of Georg Znaeym in the forest, a man whom he despises with all his heart. Gradwitz hopes that in the quiet of the night, he can shoot and kill the man he detests to end the feud that has been continued for three generations.
Ulrich von Gradwitz and Georg Znaeym come face to face with each other as they stray farther from their men. Holding rifles in their hand, their anger builds and each is ready to kill the other. But in that split second of hesitation each has, something makes them stop.
When a bolt of lightning strikes a tree, Ulrich von Gradwitz and Georg Znaeym end up stuck under a tree! They decide to insult each other to distract their minds from the current situation.
As the night goes on, Ulrich von Gradwitz and Georg Znaeym, who are still stuck under a tree, realize how petty their feud has become and decide to put it all behind them. It all begins when Ulrich von Gradwitz offers a glass of wine.
As each of them patiently wait for their men, they realize that being friends rather than enemies is a wonderful idea which will help them. As they ecstatically await their mens' arrival, they realize that in the place of their men, there are wolves.