The story begins with the unforeseen fall of Karimandi a parayaand the local odiyan from a Palmyra tree while on a mission to steal a little toddy to serve to a guest. He miraculously recovers and remains in a vegetable state while his wife Kada struggles to feed him and the child growing in her womb. Her boy at the age of sixteen acquires the capacity to see death of people in advance and to escape the wrath of villagers learns to practice Odi without anybodys help. His mother helped him to regain his original form by performing the secret ritual she learned from her mother in law. At the time when Kada was on her death bed, she requests her son to appear in the form of a black cat which he does. Kada dies without transforming her son to human form.
( Kandachamy Vijayakumaran – Goodreads )