This socially relevant tale follows the ups and downs in the life of Siva Sankar Nair (Mohanlal) a young aspiring middle class medical representative with his home and other properties under mortgage (for a loan taken by his expired father). He lives with his mother and sister. His dream is to earn more money and build a bigger home after repaying the loans. His neighbor and his close childhood friend is Abu Becker (Murali). He is a taxi driver and both of them are intimate friends. Sivasankar usually travels with his friend.
On one occasion, they accept a trip to carry a corpse at night for more money. While returning, the taxi breaks down near a beach and they decide to spend the night in the car until morning when the will be able to repair the car and resume the journey. Sivasankar gets a dream where in the corpse comes alive and asks for a match. Sivasankar convinces Abu that the car smells the corpse and they decide to stay on the beach.
Coincidentally, they overhear a smuggler trio talking about why they were not able to deliver the goods today. They tip the Customs department to get a monetary reward. After the Customs department catches the smugglers red-hand, they get reward of 20 lakhs. But the smuggler Stephen (Nassar) who lost the gold, learns about the informer from inside sources. He wants to kill the informer for the loss. His associates try to kill both Sivasankar and Abu on return from receiving the reward.
They decide to stay in a Hotel with the money before depositing it in a Bank. Sivasankar unknowingly stays in the same hotel of Stephen's, whereas Abu returns home. On seeing Sivasankar accidentally, Stephen and his henchmen try to kill him. Sivasankar runs with money for cover. In the end of fight they shoot Sivasankar when he jumps of a Bridge into river.
Local Police constable Rajappan (Nedumudi Venu) a womaniser lives with his wife Lekshmi (Zeenath) and his sister-in-law Thangam/ Snehalatha (Charmila) .Bullet injured sivasankar resurfaces in their upper balcony of home.When she runs for cover to escape sexual abuse of his sister's husband (Nedumudi Venu) Thangam (Charmila) sees him and helps him hide by not shouting. She feeds him and nurses Sivasankar he'll from his critical condition, even removing the bullet lodged in his body.
They both get to know each other. He tells his story to Thangam; that after running crazily in pursuit of wealth accumulation, he realises the value of life; after struggling for life and food for 3 days in hiding.He also tells that because of her Compassion and empathy he survives.
After spending so much of his time and effort in the pursuit of wealth, will his realisation lead him try changing his ways and adopt an honest lifestyle, or will his past come back to haunt him and force him to face the consequences of his past actions?