Ravi and Lakshmi live in Poona with their three sons, Venkat, Jagan and Nanu; who are all gainfully employed. The story begins in 1946, with the celebration of marriages of Ravi’s sons, Venkat and Jagan; and the Sixtieth birthday of Ravi.
One day Nanu beats up his officer at the work-place over some issue, quits his job and remains jobless.
. Another day Ravi finds Nanu with a group of Christian Evangelists on the street. Ravi gives him a severe tongue lashing. This impels Nanu to leave the house. With the aid of his friends, Nanu meets Susheelbhau, the local strongman; who places him in a job and draws him deeper into his network. By the year 1953 Nanu is one of Susheelbhau’s top aides.
In 1955 two meetings take place in the city.
One meeting is attended by Venkat, an active member of the Railwaymen’s Union; where activists decide to attend the Bezwada Conference called by the rival union – National Federation.
Another meeting is held in Susheelbhau’s den on the issue of eliminating Union activities in the plants of Sadanand group of factories.
Subsequent to these meetings, there is an attempt to murder a popular trade union leader. The same night hoodlums set fire to workers homes. The workers respond with a protest meeting at the factory gate. Susheelbhau’s men violently disrupt this meeting. Police troop in, fire teargas shells and then resort to firing to provide safe passage for the miscreants. Nanu is part of the Black Hundreds gang.
At the same time, Venkat and his associates Banerjee, Naik, Menon reach Bezwada for the Conference. On the night before the Conference, Venkat and his associates are attacked in their lodging. Banerjee and Venkat suffer severe head injuries; and succumb to their injuries on way to hospital.