We are introduced to Maya's family who moved from kazakhstan to seattle, because the family didnt have alot of money.. and the mom and dad lost their jobs. The aunt advertised them and they ended up moving to the US. Maya is in class and daydreaming about getting permission to go to the dance She starts thinking about ways or statements in the slip to make her parents agree
Maya does not think she will be able to get permission from her parents to go to the spring fling (the school dance) because her parents are strict and don't quite understand US Customs yet.
Maya is suddenly called into the principal's office and learns that her brother, Nurzhan got into a fight at his school and she needs to get her parents for a meeting. She doesn't blame Nurzhan for the fight because a kid was bullying him for not pronouncing words right, so she lied for him
Nurzhan finds maya's dance permission slip and trys to persuade their parents into letting maya go.. it works and Maya is able to go but under one condition, Nurzhan will chaperone Maya.
Maya's mother gives her a gold bracelet and expresses that she is starting to understand US Customs. Maya goes to the dance and hangs out with all of her friends. Maya and Daniel (Maya's crush) dance together and Maya says this is the most exciting night of her life. Nurzhan goes to the bathroom when Maya is dancing with daniel to give her some private time, while still acting as chaperone
Maya goes home in happiness, she thanks nurzhan for everything that he has done.. she lays in her bed thinking about the night he just had and she wishes that Nurzhan can chaperone at another event