Twenty-eight-year-old Nao Brown, who�� hafu (half Japanese, half English), is not well. She�� suffering from obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and fighting violent urges to harm other people. But that�� not who she really wants to be. Nao has dreams. She wants to quiet her unruly mind; she wants to get her design and illustration career off the ground; and she wants to find love, perfect love.
Nao�� life continues to seesaw. Her boyfriend dumps her; a toy deal falls through. But she also meets Gregory, an interesting washing-machine repairman, and Ray, an art teacher at the Buddhist Center. She begins to draw and meditate to ease her mind and open her heart��nd in doing so comes to a big realization: Life isn�� black-and-white after all . . . it�� much more like brown.