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Karma Peace, a frustrated 36 year-old writer, is two quarts low on confidence and three floats shy a parade. Unwilling to accept a questionable diagnosis of mild schizophrenia and postpartum psychosis, she abandons her husband and twin three year-olds for the land of India. There, she crosses swords with Whisperthing - the hateful voice of her dead mother - while receiving life lessons from an invisible, chocolate-thieving guru named Babaji, who's been with her since childhood, but magically materializes upon her arrival in Delhi.

From there, Karma stumbles across India, desperately searching for clues about her past life as a British Raj soldier, and the suspicious death of his paramour, a Hindu temple dancer. Only then can she finish the novel she has been working on for nearly two decades, called Truth Is a Stranger. But even with six stolen months at her disposal, Karma finds traveling in India rough. Whisperthing becomes increasingly vicious, and the past-life dreams and visions haunt her, leaving her more confused than ever. Then she meets a parapsychologist, a whirling dervish of sorts, who introduces her to the present incarnation of her past-life lover, a ten-year-old Indian girl whose masochistic and suicidal tendencies have driven her own parents to the brink.

As Karma fights one battle, she finds herself embroiled in two, strangled with guilt over abandoning her precious family, as well as over suspected wrongs committed in a former life - past sins responsible for an Indian girl's self-destruction in this life. When she receives word from her husband, Warren, that he and the girls are coming to India to cheer her on, the sati flames are turned on high as she struggles to destroy her madness once and for all.

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