Hamid, a smart, pious, poor young man with courtesy, lives among the family of Hajj Jaffar, a benevolent, pious person who never discriminate people based on social standing and wealth. Hamid highly respects the family and considers Hajj Jaffar as his own father. Likewise, Hajj Jaffar considers him, fatherless, as his own son. Hajj Jaffar puts Hamid in a reputable school. In return, Mak Hamid, Hamid’s mother,works for Hajj Jaffar’s family.
Hamid’s relationship with Mak Asiah, Hajj Jaffar’s wife, and their only daughter, Zainab, is also on good terms. Zainab even considers him as her own brother. Everything is in harmony until one day love grows between Hamid and Zainab. Both can’t deny it even when their love becomes forbidden one since both are not equal. Hamid thinks he makes no mistakes by loving her, trying to be close to Zainab. However, he has to pay the price as a Hajj Jaffar’s relative, wanting to wed his nephew to Zainab, puts slander on him.
Hamid is ousted from the kampong. In exile, Hamid works hard so that he’s appointed as a company’s clerk. But beyond that, his life keeps on taking tragic turns. Hajj Jaffar and Mak Hamid whom he loves pass away. And then Mak Asiah asks for his help to persuade Zainab to marry a man she’s been matched with, which Hamid does with a heavy heart. Afterward he travels to the holy land of Mekkah. Beneath the Ka’bah he prays and departs this life. Zainab is so brokenhearted that her health declines. She finally dies still keeping her promise: only to marry and be married with the one who loves her and is loved by her, that is Hamid.