The main character is a poor young man in India living with his uncle and his cousin, Sita, who has attempted to leave her husband. He is currently in university alongside a wealthier student. This causes some strains due to class differences. The boy convinces the family of a girl that he falls in love with of his decency and may have a chance to marry her, but her mother wants her daughter to marry another suitor who works at the father's company. A set of serious complications become apparent after the two are married that undermine the family foundations.