1930's Colonial Malaysia. Age-old superstitions, modern idealism, sibling rivalry, forbidden love. 11 yo, Ren must find his master‘s severed finger and bury it with him. Ji Lin acquires the finger unexpectedly. How the finger finally gets to the grave is one of the plots in this complicated story. Suspend my beliefs. The characters were well-developed and the plot was suspenseful. Would recommend this novel to those who love mystical realism.