Kiko Himura, who is half-Japanese and half-white, has placed her hopes in getting into Prism, the art school of her dreams. So when she doesn't get in, her dreams are shattered and she's left feeling hopeless. Living with her emotionally abusive mother is bad enough, but when her sexually abusive uncle moves in with them, she knows she needs to get out. She travels to California with her friend Jamie to look into art school options. There she meets Hiroshi Matsumoto, an artist who mentors her and helps her figure out her future.