Into the serenity of ceremonial India, in the midst of a patriarchal world, flashes bubbling, curious Tara, daughter of a princess. Tara views the traditional Hindu customs with an educated and critical eye. Most of all she resents the protected life that dooms her people's women. Step by step Tara wins her freedom and most of the actual story deals with her efforts to find her favorite horse, stolen from the stable. The solution to the theft is complicated and entwined with Indian customs and formalities that serve to confuse the reader. The background, the moods, the Indian atmosphere and the characters are sensitively and beautifully presented, but unfortunately the weak and wandering plot will discourage most readers.