The film is set in New York City in 2008, prior to the Financial crisis of 2007–08.<ref name=Linden/> Sam, a soldier who had served in the War in Afghanistan (2001–present) and Iraq wars, meets Amira when he visits her uncle, Bassam, who had served as Sam's Iraqi translator. Bassam and Sam have a special bond due to their time together in the war. Initially Amira does not trust him because he was an American soldier and her brother was killed by a bomb from American troops in the war. Sam's cousin, Charlie, asks Sam to help him with illegal hedge funds unbeknownst to Sam at the time. Amira is staying with her uncle Bassam since her father died. She sells bootleg recording on the street corner but is forced to stay with Sam after getting arrest; immigration officials begin pursuing her. As the film progresses, Sam and Amira fall in love.