The story is about a young student who is crying in his garden, because the love of his life will dance with him at the ball, only if he brings her a red rose, but there is no red rose in his garden and he can't afford one either. The Nightingale, living in the oak-tree of his garden, hears the young man crying over his helplessness. The nightingale comes to know that the young man is crying for a red rose. She feels the pain of the student and wants to help him.
The bird flies and goes to different bushes but can't find a red rose. Finally she comes to know about a way of getting a red rose by a tree. She performs a suicidal act while singing with his heart on the thorn, giving her heart’s blood to a white rose which turns it in to a beautiful red rose. In this process the Nightingale dies.
When the student wakes up, he sees the red rose under his window, plucks it and brings it to his love. The girl rejects the rose by saying that it will not match her dress and someone else has brought her something else that are more worth than a rose. The boy throws the rose in the gutter and a car runs it over. At the end he decides that logic is better than love and love is unrealistic. He goes back to his home and starts reading a book.