The search for a lost artefact is the catalyst to events in this moving story involving an unconventional Englishwoman and two Pashtun brothers. Themes of betrayal, love, war, gender and colonialism are skilfully blended and the colourful and vibrant city of Peshawar is as much a character as those around whom the plot revolves.
From orchards to gardens to city walls to the Street of Storytellers - he pedalled through the heart of the Peshawar Valley, feeling it pulse all around him, gathering its potential. Something new was coming, he was part of it. He watched a regiment marching past and there was pity in him for the Indian soldiers who didn't understand the disquiet in their own breasts.