Sixteen year old Amrita leads a double life:
high school student by day, wife by night;
trapped in two different worlds,
the American and traditional Indian cultures are about to collide.
Amrita Yavad is a 16 year old girl from India. She has moved to the U.S. with Arjun, her 28 year old husband. They live with his very traditional parents in a three bedroom house. Arjun is a computer programmer at the company where his father also works part-time as a management consultant.
Amrita was unable to finish school in India because of her marriage so, according to local laws, she has to go to high school until she graduates or turns 18. It isn't the ideal situation for the traditional family but they have no choice. A condition of her attending is that her marriage be kept a secret. A few weeks after they arrive, Amrita has her first day at Garfield High School where she meets Tom Flanders, the star quarterback. They quickly become friends and Tom sees Amrita, a math whiz, as a solution to his problem with failing his math class. Nikki Adams, Tom's girlfriend, dislikes Amrita from the beginning and is always looking for ways to drive a wedge between Amrita and Tom.
Attending school, maintaining her secret, and trying to be a wife is very stressful for Amrita and causes much havoc in the Yavad household. Then they find out that Kamal, Arjun's younger brother, and his family are moving to the U.S. and expect to live in their parent's home. It causes much stress and anger for Amrita and Arjun but it also brings them closer together and deepens their relationship. It also serves to lighten Amrita's work load at home and allows her to focus more on her studies.
Then Nikki discovers Amrita's secret. It is just the ammunition she needs to end the friendship between Tom and Amrita. It also has unexpected consequences for Arjun, his family, and Amrita that lead them down a path none of them could have imagined.
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