The disturbing story of sexual abuse within the family: an occurrence distressingly common and usually glossed over in spite of the damage it does to young lives. Also, the story of how young love can survive, even in these trying circumstances.

When fifteen year old Akhila Handa and her strange family (and bouncy boxer, Jolly) move next door to Samir’s flat he is horrified: He’s left certain ‘documents’ in the hitherto empty flat, which ought not to get into the clutches of anyone, especially pretty fifteen-year old girls. Surely enough, Akhila does discover these, and much to Samir’s relief is a huge sport about them. A friendship springs up between them, and Samir wishes his dour father was more like Akhila’s dad, who is always so jolly, in spite of the fact that Akhila’s mom is acutely depressed and her younger brother, Sumit, a bit slow. Big, booming Mr. Handa is obviously extremely and very demonstrably fond of his children… Perhaps a bit too fond…

Akhila’s dream of having a bedroom all to herself in their new flat is thwarted because Sumit needs his mother, and so she finds her dad settling down beside her every night… To her embarrassment and puzzlement she often finds herself awaking in the morning, with her clothes in disarray, and sometimes herself clinging on to him. He explains that she has nightmares, and that he has to comfort her, but she can’t remember them at all. An incredible and terrible suspicion begins to form…

Her friendship with Samir blossoms further, after he rescues Sumit from the clutches of two bullies. She confides in him, and he discovers to his horror that her suspicions are valid. Before they can decide what to do the family (with Samir included) are whisked away to a remote hill-station house for a holiday. Here Akhila’s dad makes his intentions towards his daughter terrifyingly clear… And Samir realizes that he is unlikely to leave the house alive.

But then a fleeting, opportunistic moment arrives, when Akhila, Samir and Akhila’s mother find themselves thinking exactly the same thing…and take instant, terrifying action…