Li-yan and her family align their lives around the seasons and the farming of tea. There is ritual and routine, and it has been so for generations. Then one day a jeep appears at the village gate, the first automobile any of them have seen and a stranger arrives. In this remote Yunnan village, the stranger finds the rare tea he has been seeking and a reticent Akha people. This discovery will bring a world of change to Li-yan and the Akha. Another powerful novel of culture from the author of Snow Flower and the Secret Fan.
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