Nanda, the youngest daughter of a high-class family falls in love with Piyal a handsome young teacher who is hired to teach English to her. Nanda’s parents instead push her into a marriage with Jinadasa, who is of the same class as them. With 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. After Jinadasa’s death Piyal and Nanda can now finally come together. They have changed however, and the earlier idyllic nature of their relationship is not recaptured.