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The main events in the story are the family feud between Ulrich and Georg's families that has gone on for centuries over a virtually useless piece of land that borders each man's estate. They go "hunting", but each is really looking for the other to kill him and end the feud once and for all. The men meet face to face, but a lightning bolt strikes down a tree pinning both men just out of reach of the other. They talk and decide to become friends. They see what they think are their rescuers and each hopes it is his men so that he can be the first to extend the branch of friendship, but it turns out that the "rescuers" are really a pack of wolves.
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