Akhil Sharma's mostly autobiographical work tells the story of the Mishras, an Indian family emigrating from Delhi to the U.S. in the 1970s. Excited for new opportunities, automatic doors, and carpeting, the Mishras arrive to their new home bright-eyed. The eldest Mishra son, Birju, is intelligent and has been accepted to a prestigious high school. He is on track to become a doctor and support his family. The Mishras finally feel like they might have a successful future, but when Birju gets into a diving accident, damaging his brain, the family must shift gears to care for him. Ajay, the youngest son and narrator, feels immense pressure to help keep this family afloat. This is a tough, complicated, but realistic account of what can happen when your plans for life don't go how you expected them to.