In a society where family honor plays an important role and forced marriages remain the norm, what happens to a teenager who refuses to
give in to a husband thrice her age?
Teenage, Viyan is given to the wealthy elderly Haji Hemmo in a forced marraige. When she runs out of the bedroom and climbs a tree, refusing to sleep with him he looses face and becomes the laughing-stock of the town. In return, he punishes her by locking her up in the bedroom. The more he's mocked by the townsfolk, the harder he punishes Viyan.
Meanwhile, a traveling young artist, Botan attempts to liberate her. This leads to Haji Hemmo's resolve to set her on fire.