The peddler was a rattrap seller who led a dull and monotonous life as a vagabond. He was a petty thief who stole thirty kronor from the house of a crofter. Once, he was invited by an ironmaster, who thought him to be an old acquaintance of his. The peddler declined his invitation but when his daughter Edla persuaded him, he agreed. Edla showed pity on him and asked him to spend Christmas with them. Her behaviour changed his conscience and he finally changed his way of living when got immense love and affection from Edla. His life was miserable but when he was shown hospitality and respect, he changed his way of living. He was full of gratitude to Edla for her kindness and generosity and started living a life of dignity and respect. While giving Edla the gift of rattrap, he asked her to return the thirty kronor of the crofter that he had stolen earlier. Thus, his life was completely transformed.