Impoverished priest Harihar Ray, dreaming of a better life for himself and his family, leaves his rural Bengal village in search of work. Alone, his wife, Sarbojaya, looks after her rebellious daughter, Durga, and her young son, Apu, as well as Harihar's elderly aunt Indir. The children enjoy the small pleasures of their difficult life, while their parents suffer the daily indignities heaped upon them.
A woman willingly chooses a path of compromise on her own will.She goes ahead and makes a family among four husbands and one child. The fifth brother is a city educated person and refuses to follow this tradition. The story unfolds her trying to win over this fifth brother through greed, jealousy and manipulation.