Piyal is a handsome young teacher who is hired to teach English to Nanda, a member of an eminent family. They fall in love, but can not elope because Piyal is of a lower class. Nanda's parents instead push her into a marriage with Jinadasa), who is of the same class as them. With the economic downturn in Sri Lanka, both families lose their status and Jinadasa leaves to try to make a better life for himself; he never achieves his goal and dies penniless. Piyal and Nanda can now finally come together. They have changed; the earlier idyllic nature of their relationship is not recaptured.