Dr. Maximo Sevilla (Eddie Gutierrez) loses his beloved wife (Dawn Zulueta) when she dies after giving birth to their daughter Adela (Maricel Soriano). Adela meets David (Richard Gomez) and courts her. Extremely flattered, Adela loses control of herself and falls head over heels in love with David. However, Maximo tries everything to separate the two, feeling that David is only after Adela’s inheritance. Adela insisted on their relationship and decides to elope with David but David deserts her. She almost loses her mind and throws herself on the river but Maximo revives her. She decided to go abroad and comes back home when Maximo is nearing death, this time Adela brings home a daughter. David tries to win her back but she no longer wants him.
“Gustuhin ko man, hindi ko magagawa. Sa puso nanggagaling ang pagpapatawad. Wala akong puso! Nagmana ako sa ‘yo.” -Adela Sevilla
The film was awarded Best Picture by all the five film award-giving bodies in the Philippines at that time. Maricel Soriano also won the coveted Best Performance Award of the Young Critics Circle.