At the heart of this remarkable new novel are issues of cultural identity and family loyalty, and of the relationship among three sisters. While the three are born into the same privileged Brahmin Indian family, and though all are noted for their beauty, intelligence, and positions in society, the sisters follow paths that lead them in vastly different directions, and in the case of two of the sisters, out of India, and out of the cloistered world of their childhoods. For Tara, the novel's narrator, the ambitious Indian man she marries becomes her reason for moving to the United States, where much of the story takes place. As the story opens, we find that Tara is estranged from her husband, who has become a sort of Bill Gates-like genius and multimillionaire. Of the sisters, in many ways Tara is most removed from her family's traditions and from its legacy, yet she is drawn back into it by a young stranger, whose identity becomes the center of an unfolding mystery that runs throughout the story.