India, 1941. The country is in the midst of an uprising against the British Raj. Led by Gandhi's freedom fighters, the people rebel against the oppressive influence of the British monarchy. One teenage girl, however, has other matters on her mind. Princess Malvika Singh, otherwise known as the spoilt and mischievous Mili, has just been accepted into the School of Tender Hearts.
When Mili and her best friend Vicky arrive at the boarding school, they meet new friends Gurpreet and Jatin and commence causing havoc. But even while skipping lessons and playing practical jokes, the four cannot entirely forget the unrest and violence taking place in the outside world. And when tragedy strikes the students, they must all learn to cope with their grief.
Mili finds her transformed from spoilt princess into someone more solitary and independent. With this comes an increasing closeness to her teacher Raven, who seems to be the only one she can trust. As the violence escalates and love blossoms, the students must all consider their futures, and what it means to be Indian in these tumultuous times.
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