"I am a rich woman from a backward country. A Jewish woman from Iran." So begins the story of Soraya, who flees to America to exact revenge on her husband, Aziz, who has betrayed her. Soraya's intricate plot begins on the plane, as she liberates herself by slowly peeling off the many restricting cultural, familial, and personal layers surrounding her. In Bel Air, Soraya transforms her garden into a haven for the butterflies she obsessively studies, alters, and displays in frames. Soraya's best friend, whom Soraya discovered in bed with her husband is named Parvenah -- which means butterfly in Farsi. When Soraya lures Parvenah to visit her in Los Angeles, Parvenah unexpectedly brings Aziz, setting in motion a sinister dance of entrapment and deception. Soraya confronts them both, demanding to know the truth, but the unexpected secret that Soraya doesn't know is far more devastating than anything Soraya had imagined, threatening to further unhinge her.