Lulu, a Vietnamese mail-order bride, has been bought and sold, but she can not be owned. Mysterious and exotic, she presents an immaculate façade as she works behind a cosmetics counter in a department store. But, behind her flawless make-up, she conceals a terrible past and a troubled present. Frustrated by her traditional Vietnamese parents who blame her for their unhappiness, Lulu is also pursued by her seedy, ineffectual husband, Lucky, his opportunistic friend Clive, and a documentary filmmaker, Miguel. A chain of desire binds the three men together. Despite the intensity of their claims on her, Lulu eludes them all, disappearing into her mirror, her secret intact.