In New Zealand, Nina (Aleksandra Vujcic) seeks to escape her domineering Croatian emigré father Ivan (Rade Serbedzija). She meets Eddie, a Maori chef at the Chinese bar where she works. The bar owner arranges marriages for immigrants seeking legal residency, and Nina offers to marry someone so they can stay in the country. At the same time, Nina embarks on a relationship with Eddie, becoming pregnant by him. Their cultural differences threaten their happiness, however, and when Ivan finds out he imprisons Nina in the house.