This story focuses on the lives of three people and the effect that a devastating war had on them. They suffered unspeakable horrors, ostensibly in the name of religion but the consequences of their injuries were to affect them for the rest of their lives. The one who suffered the most was a young girl called Lila, but there were people who cared enough to take her away and try to give her a new start - however uncertain and difficult - in a land far from her home. The background to the novel is the freedom fight that took place in 1971 between Islamist West Pakistan and East Pakistan, home to the secular Bengalis. In that war, it is estimated three million people were killed. The author's story is at once compelling and disturbing and should raise questions in the minds of its readers about war and its consequences.