Marius feels himself in a rut in Marseille and he longs for the sea. As he is leave on a 5-year voyage, Fanny, a girl he grew up with, reveals that she is in love with him, and he discovers that he is in love with her. He must choose between an exciting life at sea, and a boring life with the woman he loves. And Fanny must choose between keeping the man she loves, and letting him live the life he seems to want.
A clown is seen juggling 3 clubs in several very brief scenes at an outdoor
party near the end of the film.