When eighteen-year old Minouche, the Parisian daughter of a working-class single mother, meets Stefan, a charismatic Polish student longing for the spiritual enlightenment of Indian teachings, she realizes that the narrow life she shares with her mother is no longer enough. She daydreams of world travels with Stefan as they roam the City of Light, but as they fall deeper in love, Minouche embraces not only Stefan but his ardent desire to experience India. After he gets a grant and leaves to pursue his studies in Madras, she is determined to follow him. Somehow.
But it's 1959 and in Paris, money is still hard to come by. What can she do to raise the money to follow her heart? And if she does, will Stefan welcome her? To fulfill her dreams, Minouche must embark on a journey that will challenge her in ways she never expected.
This coming-of-age tale is vividly colored with romance, international flavor, and the drama and heartbreak that comes with being a young woman in love for the first time.