The author of Nhoti: Son of India can evoke the very sounds and aromas of the region she is writing about -- in this case, the magnetic and beautiful Landes -- a haunting forest in the Southwest of France. Noelle and her cousin Sylvain are part of the scene. They know and love the wild creatures and strange birds of the forest. They enjoy their exciting seasonal celebrations and most of all, they are determined to keep their ""home"" closed to the sportsmen who would turn it into a hunting ground. When the Landes are threatened with these infiltrators, the children struggle to the very end to unearth the legal document which will award the rightful ownership to their traditional landlord. An isolated region and the ideals of its inhabitants are admirably depicted.