Mingzhi is the formidable Master Chai's first grandson and groomed for a grand destiny from the very moment of his birth.
But while Master Chai beats out orders with his dragon stick, there are threats to the future he has planned from both within and without.
Inside the mansion, there are secrets, lies, and plots; in the surrounding fields, there is the newly planted opium that signifies trouble ahead; and, further away, still, the foreign devils, intent on taking their own piece of the pie that is China. 'Like a good Chinese drawing but always in motion ...with the same breadth of scope and wealth of characters as many great nineteenth-century novels' ALASDAIR GRAY, TLS 'Chiew-Siah Tei is a master storyteller, and a rare talent, with that magical ability of being able to weave a spell over her readers, with riveting plots and prose that glows with life' Time Out HK
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 320 pages
- Publisher: Pan Macmillan
- Publication Date: 03/07/2009
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780330454391