The work is set in India. It follows the path of a poor severely abused man, suffering years of hell. He climbs from the gutter, overcomes the severe constraints of the Indian caste system, and becomes the elite of the elite. It sets out on a very heavy note. This is essential to show how a poor young villager, innocent of any crime, unjustifiably suffers horrible physical abuse, but rises to become the envy of the elite, even of the Governor of the Province.