Van is a 20 Vietnamese immigrant living in San Jose, CA and working at a tailor shop. One day, while delivering dresses to a ballroom dance studio she becomes transfixed by the dancing she sees at the studio. Although she is an aspiring dancer herself, Van can’t speak English and is unable to convince one of the dancers, Jimmy, to dance with her. And she doesn’t have enough money to pay for the studio’s dance classes. Undeterred, Van works overtime and saves money wherever she can. Despite being robbed of the money she saves, Van perseveres, even selling her long hair in order to raise money. Experienced in contemporary dance, Van quickly learns the ballroom dance steps Jimmy shows her, impressing him in the process. Dancing in public one afternoon to earn money for the studio, Van is surprised to see Jimmy requesting a dance.