MAYA (turning 30) is a headstrong daughter with artistic ambitions – a strong contrast to what her father ED wants: a dutiful daughter to run the family store. Ed is shocked when Maya takes her assertions of independence a step further and travels to Africa for creative inspiration and returns with a fiancé.
MAYA (Amber Stephens West) is headstrong with artistic ambitions, a strong contrast to what her father ED (Keith David) wants: a dutiful daughter to run the family hardware store. Ed is shocked when Maya takes her assertions of independence a step further and decides to travel to Africa.
While looking for inspiration, she meets MTUMBIE (Demetrius Grosse), an African charmer who sweeps her into a whirlwind romance. Before she knows what’s happening, she and Mtumbie are engaged and her father is furiously trying to persuade her to forget Africa and come home. This hardens her resolve to go ahead with the marriage until she finds Mtumbie in bed with another woman. Heartbroken, she flies home and is met by her father’s smug, “I told you so”. Instead of admitting that her father was right, she tries to save face and tells her family the wedding is on!
Drowning her sorrows at a small diner and looking for a way out of her situation, Maya meets pool hustler MALCOLM (Shamier Anderson). Malcom is on the run from his partner TYRELL (Lyriq Bent), who is enraged after discovering that Malcolm gave back the money they fleeced from an unsuspecting mark, an expectant farther, no less. With Malcolm on the run and Maya trying to convince her family she is still engaged, they devise a plan to solve both their situations: Malcolm will hide out from Tyrell pretending to be Maya’s African fiancé Mtumbie.
Malcolm takes a page out of National Geographic, playing the role of the African groom to the hilt. Maya’s family try to make this strange man feel comfortable as they continue to make plans for the impending nuptials. Meanwhile, Maya and Malcolm, while trying to keep the ruse, get closer than they intended.
Will either one of them get away with this plan or will they get caught? We watch as their tower of lies grows out of control and threatens to tumble and fall and wonder whether or not true love will be able to put it all back together.