Lotty Gross dreams of becoming a famous lace maker. While learning the trade she begins to make a lace tablecloth for her wedding chest. She decides that she will use the cloth every Friday night to welcome the Sabbath Queen. Her plans are spoiled when the Empress Elizabeth sees the cloth and insists on buying it for her Sunday palace receptions. When the Empress hears about the Sabbath Queen she wants to know who her rival is, and why this tablecloth, which will ultimately be handed down from one generation to the next, is so important.