Leah Olivar (Nadine Lustre) grew up in a very poor, but happy family. When she was 12 years old, her mother Rona (Isay Alvarez) goes to the United States to work for their family’s better future. Life eventually becomes better for Leah, her sister, Tiffany (Bianca Manalo), and their father, Sol (Joel Torre). However, a tragedy changes their lives forever. For Leah, Rona’s death creates a desire for her to go to the America and fulfill her mother’s “American dream”.
Ten years later, this dream comes true as Leah gets her visa to compete in a choir competition in San Francisco, California. After the contest, Leah extends her stay in San Francisco with the intention of visiting her mother’s grave, and to find a way to legally work in the United States. However to her surprise, Leah does not find her mother’s grave, and as her visa expires, finding a job that will allow her to remain in the United States also becomes elusive.
With the urging of Jack (Cherry Pie Picache), the mother of Leah’s ex-boyfriend, Jigs (Albie Casiño), and out of desperation, Leah agrees to a marriage of convenience so that she can get her visa. But with Leah’s limited resources, it will be hard for Jack to find her a partner. The only suitable person that would agree to the small amount that Leah is willing to pay is Jack’s nephew, Clark (James Reid), who has been living in San Francisco for the past 11 years. His life has been full of heartbreaks as he went to the United States with his mother, Ofelia (Katya Santos), to be introduced to his American father, Kenneth. Soon after, Kenneth refuses to recognize Clark as his son, and Ofelia suddenly dies. Clark gets placed into foster homes, where he was abused. Later, because of his love for his siblings in the Philippines, Clark persevered and survived in the U.S. These misfortunes and responsibilities in life deprived Clark of romantic love.
Despite their disastrous first meeting, Leah and Clark spend time as a fake couple and learn about each other’s past, quirks and habits in order to pass the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) interview. As time passes, Leah and Clark discover a certain fondness for each other. They also realize that both have the same goals in life and that is to make a better life for their family.
They also start to sympathize with each other, as both reveal their deepest secrets. Soon, the sham marriage between Leah and Clark becomes real.