The film tells the story of a lonely housewife, known as Charu, who lives a wealthy, secluded and idle life in 1870's Calcutta. Her husband, Bhupati, runs a newspaper, The Sentinel, and spends a lot more time at work than with his wife. However, he notices that Charu is lonely, and asks his cousin, Amal, to keep her company. Amal is a writer and is asked to help Charu with her own writing. However, after some time, Charu and Amal's feelings for each other move beyond those of a mentoring relationship as Charu begins a latent sexual attraction towards Amal.