Under the Goldeck, a mountain in Carinthia, stands the ruin Ortenburg, once the seat of a powerful race. After the destruction of Ortenburg, the owner of the castle, Count Georg, built this beautiful castle Porcia. He was the husband of a rather wicked woman, Katharina von Salamanka. From this marriage sprang Johann, the only son and heir of all goods, and the last rung of his race. While the count himself was good-natured and therefore very popular with the people, Salamanka and her son were very proud and domineering. At a festival Salamanka abused the people. The poor population of Spittal had gathered in the courtyard and asked the countess to give them the leftovers of the banquet. Salamanka, however, ordered the people to leave the yard immediately, and when they did not leave immediately, she unleashed their son's two dogs on the people. Everything fled in terror from the castle. Only one old man, the old corn of the market, could not follow the others. He was seized by the dogs and ended under her teeth. Dying, however, he shouted to the inhuman countess: "As I die now, John, your son, will once end."
A short time later, they heard that Spanish riders were staying in Villach. Since the count's family came from Spain, Johann decided to go to Villach and visit the strangers. Despite the warning of his mother, who had had an ominous dream, Johann had his horse saddled and set off in the company of his Danes on the way to Villach. Once there, Johann was suddenly approached on the main square by a Spanish knight. In the course of the speech, it turned out that this knight was the son of that old man, who had found such a horrible end by Johanns dogs. The knight had recognized Johann immediately, and since he had not seen his homeland and his father for many years, he was burning with longing to finally learn something about it. Of course, Johann concealed the fact and gave the knight a satisfactory answer. Delighted with this good news, the knight gave two dogs of noble race to the squire as gifts. He was very pleased about that because the Spanish dogs far outnumbered his. Satisfied, he stroked the precious animals. As a result, his dogs attacked their opponents. Johann wanted to separate the dogs with his whip, then all four of them rushed together and, before they could come to his aid, he was a corpse. The count died of a heart attack when he heard the sad news. Salamanka was now more violent than ever. She dismissed all servants and retreated completely into solitude. All she could think about was having to leave her treasures to strangers. In order to escape the treachery, she killed the mason with the help of her chambermaid who had locked them in the deep cellar vault. But this witness should die too; she slapped the slumbering girl with her weighty slipper and plunged her into the secret chamber. Salamanka's was found dead in the castle one day. But her spirit still wanders the halls of the castle.