Talkh va Shirin Turkish romance – Bitter Sweet Life (Hayat Bazen Tatlidir) – is centred around two sisters, Hayat and Gozde. Hayat is the older of the two and works at Gozde’s high school as a teacher. After their parents died, Hayat is Gozde’s guardian taking on a parental role in her life.
Hayat teaches literature at the top private school that Gozde attends. The two of them life more modestly than the majority of the students who attend the school. It is Hayat’s job at the school that allows her sister to be financially able to attend. Gozde sometimes finds it difficult to keep up with the wealthy lifestyle of those that she attends school with.
One a day, Hayat gets an emergency phone call telling her that Gozde is in danger at a party. She arrives to find her sister being attacked by a fellow student, and her boyfriend, Koray. She stops the attack before it can get more serious.