Lek did not hope for anything more than the other girls in her village, which was to work in the fields for a few years; have a few babies; let mum take care of them and go back to work until they had their own children and it was her turn to take care of them.
However, needing money to save the family farm from foreclosure by the bank, she drifted into the sex industry.
After all she has been through, can she be a normal girlfriend or wife again? Could she ever trust a man enough?
This book explores what is needed by Thai women and their foreign husbands if they want to live in a remote Thai village.
Craig, her partner, also wants to live there, but it is not easy for him either as no-one there speaks English and his Thai is poor.
Will Lek and Craig manage to live in Baan Suay or will the loneliness, the tedium and the lack of work and stimulation drive them away or even apart?
'Behind the Smile' refers to the fact that Thailand is known the world over as 'The Land of Smiles'.