The story is set in a rural area around Madurai. The village is called Parithiyur where Paruthiveeran lives with his doting uncle. He heroically saves the life of the young Muthazhagu. Muthazhagu (Priyamani) loves him more than her life; but he remains unmoved and keeps her at bay. Eventually he does decide to marry her; but the feud between the two families comes in the way. Undeterred by Paaruthiveeran's threats; her parents press ahead with the preparations for her marriage with a man of their choice. But she resists and musters courage to elope with Paruthiveeran. What follows forms a climax which shocks everyone alike.