A girl on the brink of womanhood, Shanti Bamzai has big dreams. Rather than enter into an arranged marriage she embarks on a journey into the unknown to chart her own destiny. She navigates Art College, a marriage of her own choice and motherhood. In India, she battles pressures of traditional expectations and her own burning desire to become an artist. A move to America presents exciting opportunities but Shanti is hemmed in by the restrictions of her upbringing. Her children become adults and her marriage becomes a shell of what it once was. Shanti must find the courage to step out of her husband’s shadow and into the life she always dreamed of.