Synopsis by Clarke Fountain
While attempting to calm his anger against his overbearing brother during a walk along the ocean, the hero of this story meets one of the many Indian gods. In their encounter, the god offers to give the man power in his community if he will live a celibate life. He also gives the man a special abortion-inducing root. He accepts the deal even though he is married. Later, his wife accepts the bargain. In time, he becomes one of his village's respected holy men and is able to solicit funds to rebuild an important shrine. However, his holiness is a very fragile and shallow thing, and his rise to prominence only precedes a harrowing time of self-discovery.
abortion, anger, brother, celibacy, God, hero, power, religion, self-discovery