At V.I.P. Nails, a Vietnamese-American manicurist named Tam has a new customer, Brendan, a shy mechanic who literally has a problem on his hands. He can never get rid of the oil stains around his nails and when he tries to be intimate with his aloof wife, she always rejects him with the same excuse, "Your hands are filthy!"
Desperately seeking to save his marriage, Brendan goes to the nail salon every day where Tam does more than scrub his hands clean. She also offers him advice on how to get his wife to love him again. But soon, Tam and Brendan find themselves drawn to each other, an attraction which becomes harder and harder to resist. This sensual film explores the sense of touch and its emotional impact; how with just a simple touch, we can reveal our deepest longings, give the utmost pleasure to others, and even heal a wounded soul.