Tasked with a dangerous quest, Vikkama, a Buddhist monk, and a mind-bending carpenter named Advaith, journey through the Sangara Peninsula, to recover a precious, lost relic belonging to the White Monastery. As they navigate the Panagama River, they meet allies and enemies, friends and foes. They encounter the water-dwelling Nagae; mythical creatures mentioned only in folklore. Vikkama and Advaith's travels are frustrated by bandits, storms, murderous ghosts, all the while on the run from a maniacal, military deserter. Before long, they find themselves in the middle of hostilities that could plunge the Sangara Peninsula into a conflict that would last for generations.