A woman lands in Kashmir amidst political turmoil to unravel the mystery of her mother’s death
In the wake of her mother's death, Shalini, a privileged and restless young woman from Bengaluru, sets out for a remote Himalayan village in the troubled northern region of Kashmir. Certain that the loss of her mother is somehow connected to the decade-old disappearance of Bashir Ahmed, a charming Kashmiri salesman who frequented her childhood home, she is determined to confront him. But upon her arrival, Shalini is brought face to face with Kashmir's politics, as well as the tangled history of the local family that takes her in. Soon, all the novel’s characters — Riyaz, Amina, Bashir Ahmed, Shalini’s father — arrive at a moment of crisis and decision, where they must change something vital about their lives or perish. In the end, Shalini herself is forced to make a series of choices that could hold dangerous repercussions for the very people she has come to love.