A bombing took place at the federal building, thought to be suspect Kamal Aziz. People think Maya and Kamal are related. This causes people to act differently toward her. It was later revealed that Ethan Branson was the bomber. Maya faces problems like assault and bullying and is rescued by Phil.
During Spring break Phil takes Maya to his secret cottage to teach her to swim. This is the place where she runs to when she is dealing with assault and her safety concerns.
Maya's first date is with Kareem at Geja's Cafe, a fondue, restraurant. After dinner they walk to her Hina's apartment, her aunt. It starts to rain so they take coverage under the trees. This moment is important becuase she receives her first kiss from Kareem.