Annie Krüger, a German teacher, had just told this story to her class when she hears that her father has disappeared in Jaipur, India. In the midst of Christmas preparations, she drops everything and departs for India. On her flight she encounters Arun, an Indian man who seems to live in a very different world, basking in luxury with servants and traveling in his own private class on the plane. Annie’s first hours in India are packed with excitement. Her purse is stolen on the way to the hotel. She meets Karan, a pariah (an “untouchable”), who not only returns her property, he also takes her around Jaipur in his rickshaw as she searches for her father in the coming days.