A mysterious and threatening stranger claiming to be a relation arrives on her doorstep, and Tara must piece together the lives of her sisters in New Jersey and in Calcutta, eventually tracing back to their ancestral village in Bengal to determine what's happened. There's a lot of local color in that Tara lives in a falling apart Victorian in San Francisco, is dating a former Hells Angel turned Zen Buddhist, and the Haight is one of her favorite haunts. And Sgt. Jack Singh Sidhu, ethnic officer for the SFPD, is a favorite character, featuring in one of the funniest scenes of the book when Tara attempts to describe her family's situation in hopes of investigating the mysterious stranger. There's some surprising twists and turns, a bit of violent mob action, and certainly enough Bollywoodesque drama to keep the pages turning.