Seventeen-year-old Susan Thomas' parents are on the verge of a divorce in Canada after years of a happy marriage in Saudi Arabia. Susan wants to be an artist and not a doctor or engineer, but she has no intention of letting them know. Malcolm Vakil was a troublemaker after his mother died of cancer, and two years later he's still known as the boy with a Bad Reputation and No Future. Malcolm's goal is to move out of his father's house to make a better future for he and his younger sister, Mahtab. When the two meet at Arthur Eldridge High School in Mississauga, attraction grows along with distrust. Eventually they both realize that they must be honest with their families, and about their feelings for each other.