In 1960, Janet Laird inherits her grandfather’s home in the Indian hill station of Hamara Nagar. Although a lifelong resident of India, giving up her comfortable life as a music teacher is not without risks.
Undeterred by her son’s disapproval and her own misgivings, Janet sets off to occupy her inheritance. Her chatty parrot Mr. Ganguly and her long time housekeeper Mary accompany her.
Like all novels about small villages (in India or the Cotswold’s), Hamara Nagar is populated by a variety of eccentric characters. Janet is soon right at home with her new neighbors, Lal Bahadur Pun, a bagpipe-playing Gurkha, Muslim tailor Feroze Ali Khan, and V. K. Ramachandran, the Hindi owner of Treasure Emporium.
When a government dam threatens to submerge the town, Janet joins forces with her new friends to save the community.