London, December 1944. Emy hates India.16 years ago, she had lost her parents there.And all of a sudden past beckons. Rather accidently, emy chances upon the personal dairy of their mother Amelia a resigned young woman straight out of the Victorian England, confronted through a strange India, with her own sexuality.January 1930 Amelia set sail with EMA on the first ship to Mumbai reunite with her husband Thomas, Captain in the army of Kolhapur, in rajasthanbut the reunion leaves much to be desired.Thomas seems to have changes unless it is Amelia who cannot handle the suffocating heat of the thar dessert. Fortunately there is Kenneth lowther, thomas's friend and athesit philosopher, who tries to explain to Amelia, the disconcerting India, its religion, costumes and the magnifiecience of it maharaja's. The young lady finds it difficult to find her bearings in the new set-up.