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The former state of Divyasthala is proud of its Yuvraj, Amaraditya, of the Chandravats lineage, famed in Indian history. Very tall, striking in looks, he is an archaeologist extraordinaire, praised for his books. Involved in research, he has no thoughts of marriage.
For his next book, finding the right research assistant proves difficult till his niece suggests Alexandra (Xan) Beaumont Kanwal, who has a master’s degree in archaeology from London University. Amar has grave doubts about the girl’s youth and inexperience. However,the teamwork progresses wonderfully.
Word spreads that artifacts and skeletons are surfacing where the Emir of the oil-rich Atiq-uz-Zaman is planning to build a great complex. Amar and his Italian friend Rinaldi lead the excavation. Xan is an eager participant. Worldwide interest is evoked when the team unearths a long-lost kingdom and solves the mystery of its sudden disappearance.
Meanwhile, Amar and Xan develop feelings for each other but do not speak of them. Xan is aware of what Amar is, and that parting is inevitable. Amar thinks otherwise. He decides to pass on his inheritance to his brother if Xan is unacceptable as his wife. Can any way be found out of this contretemps that threatens to shake the state to its foundations?