Academic and environmental activist Neal Parker is assigned by an American NGO to study the effects the construction of lavish resorts and opulent hotels has on Goa’s beaches and marine life. He asks his former student, Seemantini, to accompany him. In Goa, they are provided accommodation in the large and luxurious villa of an affluent Goan named Alonso Braganza. On the first day of their study, they stumble upon a construction built close to the beach and are confronted by Alonso’s workers who warn them not to visit the place again. A day or two later Neal discovers, through a newspaper article written by an Englishman the construction is an illegally planned luxury 60-storied hotel built inside the demarcation line. Being a stranger in Goa, he looks for someone to help him stall the construction. This leads him to Bhagyashree, a young female advocate. She discovers that the investor is none other than Alonso Braganza his host working in partnership with a Russian billionaire. In their bid to rein in the construction they are threatened by Braganza. Notwithstanding the dangers they face, Neal is determined to put a spanner in the works thereby jeopardizing their lives.
Nick Zander was born in Kurseong in the district of Darjeeling famously known as the Queen of the Hills. He received his education in several missionary schools which the district is famous for. In 1963, he completed his grade 11 examinations of The Indian School Certificate Examinations (formerly Senior Cambridge) and graduated with majors in English from St. Joseph’s College. He did a short stint of divinity studies from Carey Bible College and spent a couple of months in Kathmandu. He has written a number of text books for Oxford University Press with his Interpretation of Topographical Maps published by Orient BlackSwan an enormous best seller. Apart from writing books, he scripted the first Nepali tele-film for Doordarshan in 1994 based on the problems of tea garden people in the hills. His love for adventure, the environment and animals influenced him to write this book spending several weeks in Goa. He now lives in Siliguri, North Bengal with his wife while his son works for Andrew Yule in Kolkata.