Ismail (Aytac Arman) is the educated Turk who travels to Asia from Istanbul to escape crushing unemployment in this somber social drama. With an ailing mother-in-law, a bitter wife, and a pretty young daughter to support, he takes a job as a dog killer. Ismail is saddened to see young women his daughter's age forced into prostitution. When he returns home to ask his father and brother for an advance on his inheritance, his wife leaves him. The enemy in question refers to unemployment.