Mr Basse – a cheerful, if somewhat lazy fellow – reluctantly shows up at the employment agency. It soon transpires that he is no good at selling newspapers. Dejected, he is on his way home when he happens to pass by a construction site just as the bricklayers are going on strike. Basse immediately eyes an opportunity to make a bit of money: ignoring the protests of the workmen, he has no problem with becoming a blackleg. But at the construction site, too, not everything goes according to the plan for the unfortunate Mr. Basse.
The preserved fragment constitutes the majority of the film; the beginning and end are missing. A summary of the full plot can be read in the film’s programme below.