When her parents die in an air crash, Mikki Hiralal suddenly finds herself the owner of the sprawling Hiralal industrial empire. Abandoning her studies in the United States, she returns to Bombay, only to find her father's business affairs in a mess. Almost bankrupt, beset on all sides by creditors, takeover tycoons and unreliable associates, Mikki realizes there is only one person she can turn to for help? the beautiful Alisha, her father's illegitimate daughter. There is only one hitch: Alisha hates Mikki.... Set in the corrupt world of big business, Shobhaa De tells an engrossing story of two women who play for very high stakes, driven by ambition, lust, greed and hate.