August 9th, 1945, Nagasaki. 21 year old Hiroko Tanaka steps out onto her veranda, wrapped in a kimono with three black cranes swooping across the back. In a split second, the world explodes and in the numbing aftermath of a bomb that obliterates everything she has known, all that remains are the bird-shaped burns on her back, an indelible reminder of the world she has lost. Two years later, in search of new beginnings, she travels to Delhi.
A GOD IN EVERY STONE
Summer, 1915. Young Englishwoman Vivian Rose Spencer and twenty-year-old Pathan, Qayyum Gul meet on a train to Peshawar, unaware that a connection is about to be forged between their lives - one that will reveal itself fifteen years later when anti-colonial resistance, an ancient artefact and a mysterious woman will bring them together again.
Isma is free. After years spent raising her twin siblings in the wake of their mother's death, she is finally studying in America, resuming a dream long deferred. But she can't stop worrying about their brother, Parvaiz, who's disappeared in pursuit of his own dream: to prove himself to the dark legacy of the jihadist father he never knew...