Ingi Friedlander, a curator from the National Gallery at Cape Town, South Africa, goes to the remote mountain village of Yearsonend to buy a sculpture that has magically appeared overnight. Ingi soon discovers that the town is in the grip of gold fever for a trove that is buried somewhere nearby. She is drawn deeper into the mysteries of the town's past and slowly befriends Mario Salviati, the deaf, dumb, blind Italian immigrant who holds the key to many of the town's secrets. Ingi's persistent questions unlock intriguing answers in the Yearsonenders, and in herself.
In the vein of Gabriel Garcia Marquez's One Hundred Years of Solitude, this beautifully written work of magical realism gives a sweeping and imaginative history of a South African town and an unforgettable journey toward freedom.