Ash Mistry, a 13-year-old British school boy, and his sister Lucky are on vacation, visiting their aunt and uncle in India. His uncle is offered 2 million dollars to take a job translating writing found in an archeological dig, by Alexander Savage, the wealthy European sponsoring the dig. Ash goes with his uncle to Savage’s home – once the palace of the maharajah, and now called the Savage Fortress. While there, Ash finds a golden arrowhead, and has an out-of-body experience during which he is Rama, the great king/god/warrior who defeated Ravana, the Demon King
Dad is in charge when Mom goes to a conference to present a paper on lizards. When he goes to the corner store to get milk for breakfast, he is gone for a very long time. His children idle away their time, wondering what has caused his seemingly endless absence and pondering whether to use orange juice on their cereal.