The cover art and synopsis instantly hooked me and I knew I had to read this book. 1837. India. Colonial India. British Rule. Sold and sold. The story follows young Avery as he is tasked to helping a secretive older officer track down an acclaimed Indian poet who has gone missing. While trekking through the jungles and interacting with natives, Avery discovers that maybe British rule isn't as good for India as he had formerly thought. Corruption, starvation, and indifference seem to be the biggest gifts that the East Indian Trading Company has bestowed upon the natives. The further into the wilderness they go, the more Avery's morals and will will be tested. A fascinating historical novel that will open reader's eyes to the absurdity of Colonial rule. Intriguing all the way through.