Gauri (Madhubala) lives in a small village along with her father and a younger brother. She makes a living working as a laborer. One day she notices a stanger lurking around her house, the stranger subsequently introduces himself as Ranjeet (Sunil Dutt), who has just arrived from Bombay. Ranjeet and Gauri become friends and soon both fall in love with each other. Ranjeet starts working for the Government which is in the process of building a dam, where Gauri also works. What Gauri doesnot know is that Ranjeet is in the for a reason. He wants to retrieve the suitcase of gold that he himself had buried in Gauris front-yard - the very same gold that he was caught smuggling five years ago - and the very same gold that he had spent five years in prison for.