A young mother crazed by the imminent death of her infant son bitten by a cobra
launches into a desperate quest for a snake doctor, an antidote
and eventually a way to resurrect her child.
This ‘slave-wife’ of a nabob faces adverse elements, wild men and beasts and bizarre recluses and mystics in and out of the wild Indian jungle in the days of the Buddha.
Adventure story, paean to motherhood, Buddhist allegory,
this breathless tale of love, death, and gender and social discrimination
is transmogrified by the stylish pyrotechnics and caustic irreverence
of the author of The White Shadow and Venom
into yet another world-class masterpiece.