The poem is basically about a daughter of a landlord who is against the marriage of hers with a highland chief. It explains how they escape him and his soldiers by running from them for 3 days. Finally they find a boatman and ask him to ferry them across the river in the midst of a storm. the boatman agrees but the boat capsizes in middle of the river and they reach the other end somehow but the chief dies and the landlord comes to find his daughter in the jaws of death. He pleads to her in vain to come back and that he will forgive her if she comes back but she dies when the waves wash over her.
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