Nimal leading a procession into their village. Kusum then
recalls her childhood spent with friend Nimal. She is taught
by the older boy. Kusum then starts boarding school with a
transition to her at an older age. She gains a friend in
Podmini who admires Kusum's innocence.
visits home, she takes to helping out at the home of Nimal's
mother, Mrs. Satharasinghe. On one such visit Nimal engages
Kusum in a relationship. They fall in love though Kusum
starts to feel guilty due to her lower class status. Soma is
chosen to be part of a beauty contest and Kusum and Nimal
take the chance to spend time together.
Satharasinghe finds out about the encounter and confronts
Kusum causing her to reveal her relationship with Nimal. Mrs.
Satharasinghe scolds her and relieves her of her duties
helping out at their home. Driven by guilt, Kusum breaks off
all contact with Nimal. Soma, meanwhile, gets pregnant and is
abandoned by the father. Kusum starts to take care of the
Nimal becomes a teacher at Kusum's school
causing them to come in contact again. She tries to keep
their encounters formal though at the prodding of Podmini
takes some notes from him ahead of another girl. The girl
bullies Kusum before Podmini comes to her rescue. Kusum then
rejects Nimal's help.
The story then returns to
the present with Nimal arriving at the village. Kusum reveals
she failed to get into college and is now unemployed. She
questions if this is her fate.