India, 1917: Young James Albright, Oxbridge and Public School educated, is about to become the District Magistrate for the Province of Darjeeling. Idealistic, naive, Albright doesn't know what he has let himself in for. His Indian right hand man Harbans is there to help him - or is he? Local businesswoman Mrs Campbell is ready to exploit his ignorance. And into this mix comes Sapna, an Indian proto-revolutionary and the first woman Albright has felt "funny about".