It is the last year of the nineteenth century in the village of Chevathar in southern India. Solomon Dorai, the headman, is desperately trying to hold together the fraying ends of village life at a time of huge social and political unease. When violence finally erupts, it takes Solomon and the traditional structure of the village with it.
Three generations of Dorais come and go in the village by the sea, winning and losing the battle of Chevathar. There are Solomon