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The novel traces the fortunes of Thomachan and his family who own one of the richest and most successful estates in the region. Thomachan is heartbroken when his son shows no interest in the estate and its functioning, or in his lovely and talented wife Molly. The ageing Thomachan hires Vasudevan, a young Hindu agricultural graduate, to manage the familys properties. Gradually Vasudevan comes to occupy a very special place in Thomachans heart. He takes on the full responsibility of running the estate. When Thomachan decides to bequeath his land and assets to Molly, he is confident that she will have Vasudevans unstinted support in handling the affairs of the Kollegal Estate. Mollys evolution from a devoted daughter-in-law, a dutiful wife, a potential mistress of the estate to a woman capable of making a hard choice that brings her happiness is the main plot of the novel. The novel is set in the period between the 1930s and the 1980s the author uses important social, political and sporting events to provide the chronological backdrop for the saga. He successfully weaves into the narrative, fascinating customs and ceremonies unique to the Syrian Catholics of Kerala and uses his expertise invarious aspects of processing plantation crops like spices, coffee, tea, arecanut, coconut and rubber to add an extra dimension to the novel.Printed Pages: 216.