The protagonist of this book is a 16-year-old free spirited Nirmala. She has a sister and two brothers. Being the eldest among the kids, her marriage is fixed with a boy from Lucknow. Her father doesn’t believe in dowry system and luckily finds a family who has not demanded any dowry. The marriage was just about one month away when Nirmala’s father dies in a horrible circumstance.
The marriage gets broken as boy’s family thinks that they will not get any dowry from Nirmala’s family.
Nirmala’s mother who doesn’t have money to give in dowry marries off Nirmala to an aged man of 40. This man is also a father of three sons. His elder son’s age is same as Nirmala’s age.
Nirmala’s husband doubts Nirmala and his elder son which leads to the death of his son.
Read this book to know the plight of Nirmala and how this odd marriage leads to various troubles in the life of everyone related to them.