In 1950s Bengal, Henna Rub, a precocious, wayward teenager, brings off a brilliant marriage to a wealthy romantic, Ricky Karim, trapping him with a web of lies that she has spun with her wheeler-dealer father. And so on his wedding night, believing himself married to an educated, sonnet-reading, tennis-playing soul mate, Ricky is horrified to discover that his new bride is in fact a lazy, illiterate, shopkeeper's daughter.
Meet Maqil - also known as Mike, Mehmet, Mikhail, and Miguel - a chancer and charlatan. A criminally clever man who tells a good tale, trading on his charm and good looks, reinventing himself with a new identity and nationality in each successive country he makes his home, abandoning wives and children and careers in the process. He's a compulsive gambler - driven to lose at least as much as he gains, in games of chance, and in life. A damaged man in search of himself. From the day he was delivered in Lahore, Pakistan, alongside his stillborn twin, he proved he was a born survivor.
At 23, Asif is forced to look after his youngest sister, Yasmin. He leads a frustrating life, ruled by her exacting need for routine. Everyone tells Asif that he's a good boy, but he isn't so sure. Yasmin is special, she sees music in colour and remembers so much that sometimes her head hurts and she also has a devastating plan.
With her marriage in tatters, Aruna suddenly left her adoring husband, Patrick, in the middle of breakfast, walked out of their London flat and caught a flight to her native Singapore. There she finds her former lover, Jazz, who has never stopped loving her. After years spent fleeing the ghosts of her past, Aruna is about to discover that running away is easy. It is coming home that is hard.