Velu owns a small sugarcane field with a farm pump-set to water it. He is prompt in the payment of his electricity bills since the pump-set is a prized possession, as also the fact that without it, his field would be without water. Once, however, there is a small delay in paying the bill, first because he reaches town on the wrong day and then because he is slightly late in reaching the electricity office. Velu has immense faith in the Establishment and that the slight delay will be condoned by the Electricity Board. But when the power to his field is cut off, he and his wife Sita are devastated. His friends give him all kinds of suggestions and the trips to the Board office verge on the Kafkaesque. Help finally comes from unexpected quarters. Their neighbour Radha, who is looked down upon by the villagers, helps restore the power thus reinforcing Velu's faith in basic human values.