Tembu is the twelve years old son of baldeo, a tribal, whose family lives about three miles away from the small station, a signal stop, where he works as a khalasi and night watchman. Tembu sometimes sleeps with his father in their hut near the station, but on most occasions he stays in the village to help his mother and younger sister. The night baldeo is killed by the tiger while attending to his duty, timbu offers to go with him but is asked to stay in  the hut and go back to sleep. On hearing the sound of the approaching train, he again wakes up and keep waiting for his father. this shows he has learnt the way of his father and is already grown up enough to understand the call of duty and his own responsibilities.