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In this novel, a young radical is unwillingly taking his dying nobleman father on a pilgrimage to an Ethiopian shrine by a mountain lake. The journey becomes not only a search for a cure, but also a last attempt to heal the breach between age and youth in their family. Their relationship is set against the background of the conflict between the ancient Christianity of Ethiopia and the superstition of the people. The young man and his half sister are also drawn together by an ideal of freedom, but the imagined incest drives him to another girl. Deeply symbolic, this novel evokes the rich contrasts of life in present-day Ethiopia.