Ahalya Ghai is just seventeen when a tsunami rips through her Indian village. Ahalya and her sister Sita
are the sole survivors of their family. Destitute, their only hope is to find refuge at a convent in Chennai,
many miles away. A driver agrees to take them. But the second they get into that car they are doomed -
the two sisters are sold. Ahalya doesn't understand why any man would pay so much money for them.
She will soon find out. On the other side of the world, Washington, D.C. lawyer Thomas Clarke witnesses the kidnapping of a young girl. Struggling to cope after the death of his baby daughter and the collapse of his marriage to Priya, he takes a sabbatical from his high-pressure job and accepts a position with the Bombay branch of CASE, the Coalition Against Sexual Exploitation.