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Rose leaves her Cornwall café in the capable hands of Hannah, to search in the sweltering slums of Kolkata, India, for her daughter Ellie who has been on a gap year but failed to return.
All Rose knows is she’s trying to help the Dalits, the community of Untouchables. Ellie has always had a difficult relationship with her mother and is less than welcoming when Rose arrives and only grudgingly allows her to help.
But then Ellie returns to England and Rose stays, feels she cannot abandon the children. In the daily struggle for survival, she is often brought to her knees, but finds strength to overcome the poverty and disease, grows to love the Dalit community she helps. She falls in love with Kishan and is devastated when he is killed by a bomb.
The urge to go home is strong but it is the children who hold her. She cannot leave them
When she discovers Hannah’s pot-smoking mother has been living in the café and the place is at risk of being torched by drug barons, she flies home, to discover the place has been closed down by the Environmental Health Officer. Desperately she works to reverse the order.