Michael Montrose, young, naive and fresh from university, is travelling alone around India when he meets the strange, alluring Liana. Enchanted by his exotic surroundings and bewitched by Liana's breathtaking beauty, Michael is seduced and falls deeply in love. Everything seems perfect - except for Liana's sporadically odd behaviour.

As their relationship develops it becomes clear that there is more to Liana's outbursts than Michael initially suspected, but enraptured by the erotic intensity of their passionate affair, each further proof of her instability merely strengthens his attachment to her.

It is only when they return to England that Michael begins to discover the truth about Liana, finding himself unexpectedly drawn into a mystery more harrowing and more tragic that he could possibly have imagined.