British officer Lawsin John and Chand, a local boy, are great friends and love the beauty and animals of the forest. One monsoon heavy rains force the dam gates to burst open, flooding the forest and carrying struggling animals in its current. On seeing a drowning mongoose, John jumps in the water and saves him but his leg gets paralysed by the effort. Later, the mongoose, named Rikki, tries to returns the favour by fighting a snake ready to bite John. But is Rikki any match for the dangerous snake and will John ever get his leg back? Hailed as one of the best jungle films in the country, this joint Indo-Russian coproduction based on a story by Rudyard Kipling, affirms the values of kindness and compassion in children.