The book is basically a historical treatise set up in the 15th century pertaining to twin cities of Combodia: Angor Wat and Ankor Thom. The concern of preserving the culture and sovereignty of these kingdoms was predominant in the minds of the two dedicated princes Mahendra and Adithya who set up on an arduous journey from China, Srilanka, India and Middle East to seek Military support in the form of Arms ammunition, army, modern technological method of warfare and also technology for management of drought and water resources.
The foreword by the author sets the tempo of the novel. A great civilization of Khmer empire which lasted for more than 600 years faces annihilation due to ravages of war, religious intrusion and natural disorders due to disastrous climatic changes. How much of these are pre-emptive? How much could have been avoided? And how much can be retrieved . What is the impact of these happenings upon the life of the citizens? HOw do they cope up?
The story starts with an interesting narrative of the travels of young Adithya the king’s envoy to meet Vajragnani, a mystic in order to save Angkor’s empire On the way he meets his daughter Mandagini. She arrests him and then takes him to Vajragnani, her father. He gives him knowledge and a statue of Buddha. Then he sends him on his way alongwith Mandagini. They both fall in love and part ways with heavy hearts. Adithya embarks on a journey to Srilanka and India and meet the King and The Emperor and could also manage to get their promise of being helped at the time of need/requirement.
In another part of the story, Mahendra goes to China and learns the technical knowhow of technogical aspects of modern warfare, He returns to Cambodia in the absence of Adithya and inadvertently wins the hands of Maddagini. This development though upsets Adithya to the core, yet he does not fail to fulfil his duty towards his country.
The story is excellently woven with philosophical inputs by the author which are very apt in the given situations. However, some historical facts have been repeated often which could have been avoided.
The author has also done extensive research into the history of the these counties and kingdom, the rise and fall of empires, the rise and influence of Buddhism on the political situation of these countries.
The cover designed by Ajitabha Bose depicting a temple against the backdrop of red setting sun sets the tempo of the novel