It is 1554 in the desert of Rajasthan. On a rare night of rain, a little girl, Adhira, is born into a family of Hindu temple dancers just as a new Muslim emperor takes the throne. Her father, against his wife and sons’ protests, insists Adhira follow tradition: “marry” the temple deity and give herself to a wealthy patron. But after one terrible evening, she makes a brave choice that carries her family’s story and their dance to a startling new beginning. Told from the memory of this exquisite dancer and filled with the sounds, sights and flavors of the Indian desert, this is the story of a family and a girl caught between art, duty, and fear in a changing world.
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