An Na has come to New York from a small village in China to seek a better life. She is given work and living quarters in Buddha's Happiness, a Chinese restaurant staffed by fellow Ã©migrÃ©s. Quickly becoming restless with her lodging and confinement, An Na seeks out the Golden Palace, a corner of Grand Central Station where female immigrants speak of the old country while seeking the attention of men from the new. An Na quickly meets and is bedded by a slimy suburbanite. When her mother arrives from China, An Na claims she lives in the suburbanite's tract home and settles her mother there. Of course, all is revealed when the man returns with his wife. Finally, An Na alone must decide her fate in her adopted country.