Three women live on The Wonder House , a boat moored on Nagin Lake and carved from from the great cedars that watch over the Kashmir Valley. Suriya is mute and carries a terrible secret. Her daugther , Lila, wants to escape the past and live a differnt kind of life. But together, they tend to Gracie a defiant Yorkshirewoman living out her widowhood by the lake. A military coup over the border brings violence crashing back into the Valley . When an english journalist arrives to report on the conflict , Gracie invites him to stay on The Wonder House. But Hal is a man adrift and his love for one of the women threatens more than just the fragile peace on the houseboat.