When Mira Achary'’s father dies, the challenges facing her Indo-Canadian family become much more daunting. Ravi, her autistic older brother, requires special care and longs to be just like other children. Their mother must work full time to keep a roof over their heads and still make time to parent. As much as Mira loves her mother and brother, she resents the situations in which living with them places her. Only when Mira is older does she realizes a truth she has been missing all along: though her family's experience may be unusual, what holds them together is universal.