With the coming of another pearl
diving season, Hatsue, Shinji's mother, and the other divers are gathered
on the beach when an old peddler arrives and announces a contest.
The diver who collects the most abalone in one hour will receive the purse
of her choice. Eight sign up for the
contest. When their boat returns to the island and the old peddler
tallies the catch, Hatsue wins. But she hands her prize to Shinji's
mother, apologizing for her father's earlier rudeness.