A compelling saga of friendship, revenge, avarice, politics and religion, the book traces the trials and tribulations of the progeny of two close friends-Chand Ram and Shujaat Khan. One is the scion of a wealthy and influential nawabi family; the other is the son of an impoverished farmer, whose wizardry with the hockey stick takes him away from his humble background and on to the road to fame and fortune. But the strong ties between the fathers have no meaning for their sons. Chand's son, Ram, runs away from his remote Himalayan village when he's just 11 years and comes to Delhi to seek his fame, fortune and destiny. At about the same time, Shujaat's son leaves their palace in Faridgarh after a major earthquake and relocates to Delhi. Extending across a period of more than seventy years and traversing through some of the most significant and turbulent events of India's historical past including the impact the independence movement and the emergency have on the life of the protagonists, this is a story of relationships - between fathers and sons, husbands and wives - that are torn apart by pride and long-standing resentments and supposed injustices. Above all, it is a story of friendships and bonds that stand the test of time and circumstance, crossing all social, cultural and religious barriers to prove that there's more to life than hate and enmity, power and money, business and politics, fear and violence.