A film adaptation of Jack London's novel Martin Eden.
After rescuing Arturo – the youngest son of a wealthy family – from a difficult situation, Sailor Martin Eden is invited to Arturo’s home. There he meets Arturo’s sister Elena, whom he instantly falls in love with. The young, attractive and refined woman is also a symbol of the social status he strives for. Martin’s dream is to become a writer despite his modest origins. Through the older intellectual Russ Brissenden, however, he ends up in socialist circles, bringing him into conflict with Elena and the bourgeois world.