When philosophy professor Ian Walker’s life disintegrated in the dust of a building collapse, taking his wife and his mobility with it, his version of therapy became communing with the bottom of a scotch glass. Six months later, architect Ruby Foster enters his life and convinces Ian to join her in her desperate quest to find the reason for the collapse that also resulted in the apparent suicide of her closest friend. Discovering that the key to the structural mystery lies in Ian’s past as a final gift from his late wife, together Ruby and Ian uncover a plot that weaves through the complex landscapes of personal loss and disability, Chinese-Tibetan politics, and the Tibetan diaspora.
Ruby Foster’s first experience teaching architecture studio is a disaster – literally. The prototype walkway designed by her students collapses during its unveiling, killing and injuring dozens. When the authorities turn to her for answers, she teams up again with Ian Walker to reveal a revenge plot risen from the ashes of a tragic past.