Independence from the British, Ceylon's future looks bright. A new prime minister is creating a modern nation. But
his legacy is an unexpected one. The deals that brought him to power turn into a time-bomb and the country is contorted by
bloody race riots.
A widening rift divides Tamils
and Sinhalese destroying communities. Neighbour turns on neighbour. As the terror increases, many lives are transformed:
- Brilliant but naïve,
Arjun is banished to a backwater where he falls hopelessly in love with Neleni, a married woman. But her rival also plans
to ensnare him;
- Murder and a flight from deadly pursuers
introduce Asoka, a former monk and revolutionary, to Sriya. She offers him redemption, but Asoka is haunted by the past;
- Sergeant Gunasekera's only diversion is crime thrillers
- until he is forced to take responsibility for a group of refugees;
Ella, the maid, steals her ride to work on a commuter train. But she embarks on a different journey after her village is attacked
- Leela has all that money can buy until her husband is killed.
Then, faced with bankruptcy, she strikes an unholy pact with her former lover;
- Prime Minister Bandaranaike owes his election to a powerful Buddhist abbot. But there is a high price
In this atmosphere of violence
and uncertainty, relationships fracture and families fragment reflecting the wider political turmoil. Yet, weaving its way
through the mayhem is a single, twisted thread: the story of Neleni and Arjun.
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