Ingeborg Holm's husband opens a grocery store and life is on the sunny side for them and their three children. Then the husband becomes sick and dies. Ingeborg tries to keep the store, but because of the lazy, dishonest staff she eventually has to close it. With no money left, she is forced to move to the workhouse and is separated from her children. The children are taken care of by foster parents, but Ingeborg simply has to see them again.