When the Baroness and hears Oetsch is there, she wants to leave, but insists on waiting for Father Faramund, a priest from Rome who she has something to say to and is going to meet her at the castle.
Oetsch is not bothered by the wind and rain and decides to go hunting anyway. While he is out, Father Faramund arrives and speaks to the Baroness. That night, however, when she calls for him, his room is found empty. Oetsch is suspected of murdering him as well.
Father Faramund is Count Oetsch. Knowing that he was innocent of the crime but uncertain if his suspicions of Baron Safferstätt were correct, he posed as Faramund and arrived before him, going to the Baroness to hear her confession. Safferstätt loved her and when he heard her say she wanted to see something evil, like a murder, he misunderstood and thought she wanted her husband killed. After the deed was done, she blamed herself and the two got married to seal their pact of secrecy, thus shifting suspicion to Oetsch.
After the truth is revealed, Safferstätt commits suicide and Oetsch is vindicated.