A young man (Xuma), goes to the city after his father dies in order to find work to support his family back home. He meets another man, who offers him a place to stay and help him find a job. Xuma is introduced to a man that gets him a job working in a mine, he also finds a place to stay with a women Stella who runs an illegal shabeen from the house. Xuma is exposed to different sorts of people Xuma falls in love with the Stella niece Pinkie, she falls pregnant and tells Xuma that she does not want to keep the child, and her aunt helps her have an abortion. Due to complications Pinkies dies, Stella blames herself for pinkies death and decides to leave the house and go back home.