Kamala Steele, a bright, young undergraduate, has an experience in a garden shed that triggers the awakening of "kundalini" - a powerful spiritual force. The awakening affects her in extraordinary ways, which she doesn't understand. But then she joins a research project in India against a backdrop of mounting global tensions and dwindling fuel supplies. Her journey becomes one of cultural, emotional and philosophical discovery. She learns at last what drove her icy mother to cut off all ties with India, why a multinational corporation would stop at nothing to find an old tree in the middle of a forest, and where a group of tribal women find the power to stand up to it and defend their way of life. She also learns the purpose for which kundalini was awakened in her. Readers' reactions: "...wonderfully vivid and full of suspense." "so exciting! ...a delicious book you want to savour..." "VERY interesting: Lots of intrigue in the build up and extremely well written."