A poetic allegory, the play deals with the perennial greed of mankind to possess and consume everything. There is this father hankering after an ancient wealth that is buried deep in the earth, and determined to acquire it. The wealth is guarded by serpent gods who demand the sacrifice of his only son in exchange. The father reciting a hymn (a parody of the Gayatri Mantra, which symbolizes an initiation into the Hindu life) turns his son into a cow, and is about to sacrifice him. At that point another man, a son-less one, who has earned a lot of wealth, wants to take the boy as his son, for the sake of his own Moksha or salvation. Finally, both of them realize their folly and are repentant. But by now the boy-cow has become one with the serpents, and is also guarding the hidden wealth.