The heroine, Maria is a skilled herbalist. She saved up money in order to get married with her master, but he ended up using the money to marry another woman, dumping the heroine. He went as far as saying: “you can buy a man with the money you earn from your skill.” This helped Maria decide what to do next. “OK. If one can get a man with money, I will buy one and get married!” Five men, who have fallen quite low, are available to her.