Along the way, the children witness starvation, dehydration, attack, and murder. The story is a dark telling of a tragic time where two groups are rioting - destroying property and lives and attacking each other rather than sitting down together and solving their problems and disagreements. I have to tell you, it was hard to read this book during a time when I needed to breathe. I needed relief from watching live riots in our own time, I rather needed some relief, and this book was not the way to get it.
It's 1947, and India, newly independent of British rule, has been separated into two countries: Pakistan and India. The divide has created much tension between Hindus and Muslims, and hundreds of thousands are killed crossing borders.