Meet Akhila: forty-five and single, an income-tax clerk, and a woman who has never been allowed to live her own life. . . always the daughter, the sister, the aunt, the provider, until the day she gets herself a one-way ticket to the seaside town of Kanyakumari. In the intimate atmosphere of the all-women sleeping car. . . the Ladies Coupe. . . Akhila asks the five women the question that has been haunting her all her adult life: can a woman stay single and be happy, or does she need a man to feel complete?