A story of survival set in a small fishing villlage near Bombay.
Lila and Hari, aged 13 and 12, struggle to keep the family,
including two young sisters, going when their mother is ill and
their father usually the worse for drink. When Hari goes to Bombay
to find work, Lila seems to be responsible for everything. Although
the book paints a picture of extreme poverty, it demonstrates the
strength of the family even in the most extreme circumstances and
offers a powerful picture of another culture.