Mirza Izzat Beg has dreamt of meeting a beautiful girl, and in order to make this a reality he travels to seek her out. He finds her in the shape and form of Sohni, the daughter of a poor pottery maker, Tulla and his wife. Sohni and Izzat both fall in love instantly. Even after leaving her village, Izzat continues to meet Sohni in secret, disguised as a shepherd. But Noor, from Sohni's village, has already decided to marry her, and he creates a gigiantic wall of misunderstandings and obstacles to prevent the two lovers from meeting again. Sohni swims every night across the river where her beloved Mehar grazes buffaloes.One night her sister-in-law replaces the earthenware pot, which she uses to keep afloat in water, with a vessel of unbaked clay, which dissolves in water and she dies in the whirling waves of the river.