Valerie Emiko Hayashi grew up in a strict family, and in order for her to enjoy her years in high school with out rules she makes a deal with her parents. "She shall not date any men unless they're Japanese." Valerie "kept" that rule throughout high school. Well sort of she hooked up with guys that weren't Japanese, but she never dated them. But, over the years Valerie learns that her parents are serious about this especially when she is arranged to be married to Osamo Romuro Yamazaki, the son of a billionaire. But, through all this she finds love with someone else. Someone that's American. Someone that listens to her. Levi Edward Jones. The secret boyfriend. The secret love of her life. The "Secret Endearment. "
"Why can't you just follow your heart, and choose to be with me?"
"Because! I don't know how to follow it! I was never allowed to love, or to follow what I want! I was told to do what my elders say and follow what they say!"