Alexander's novel takes place in a mythic China known as Syai and revolves around the lives of a group of women bounded by jin-shei, a sisterhood of trust and love. Each girl has come from a different background, but they have been brought together by circumstances beyond their control.
I thouroughly enjoyed reading this novel. I loved immersing myself in their stories and wishing that I could experience the adventures along with them. There are a few weaknesses in this novel such as some sisters becoming close too easily and certain facts not coming to light until later in the book that I feel should have been mentioned before then, but overall it is a wonderful read. While there is some romance, it doesn't focus exclusively on it yet the love between the sisterhood.