Ma and Bappu are liberal intellectuals teaching at Delhi University.
Their fourteen year-old daughter, precocious, headstrong Alma, is soon to be married to a fair-haired boy who is training to be a doctor: Alma is mostly interested in the wedding shoes and in spinning wild stories about evil spirits for her beloved younger sister Roop, a wild child obsessed with death.
Ma and Bappu are uneasy about their clever daughter marrying so young, but political unrest is brewing and times are bad for girls in India.
When Partition happens, this wonderful family – whom we have come to love and adore – is torn apart. But the resilience of the human spirit is an extraordinary thing…