This is the story of wronged and misunderstood Arvasu, a brahman by caste, who has become a performing actor. He loves Nittilai, who reciprocates his love, but seeks approval of her father and her village's elders before marrying him. Arvasu's brother is Parvasu who has been conducting a major prayer ceremony to appease Devraj Indra so that their region may get rain. Arvasu's father is Raibhya, who dislikes both his sons, and wishes that he cremate them before his death. Raibhyu, suspects Vishaka, Parvasu's wife, of having an illicit affair with Yarvaki, and detests her. Yavarki loves Vishaka, but left her to worship and pray to Devraj Indra for 10 years, and on his return found her married to Parvasu. Parvasu married Vishaka, lived with her happily for 3 years, before leaving her to conduct the prayer ceremoney for Devraj Indra.