Doris is a mid-thirties modern day cop. She has issues from her upbringing that affect her today. Her hubby is Jared, both married late and now she is realising all he wants her for is as a housekeeper. (Their marriage has never been consumated. Why? This issue is addressed... with sinister reasons!) Jared is rather strange, even threatening, and Doris is nervous of him.
Jared tries to remove a stubbon weed from the garden and it attacks him and he ends up in hospital. Doris decides to leave him and finds a new place to live. She talks to the plant in her head, it follows her to her new home and then it starts obeying her - like dropping a cutting for her, offering her fruit. Not just this plant - plants are growing like crazy everywhere, taking over the world but leaving certain areas clear (like airports and highways.)
Things get very strange. In another world where there is a caste system. Different tribes have very diverse cultural ways and skills (such as the armakfatidi being excellent cooks but they can't speak, they just grummel). Various individuals from different tribes are called together on a quest, something to do with the potential destruction of the world. They journey to St Weel, a band of diverse characters including two who become smitten by each other (one a spoiled sultan's son, the other a young diplomatic empress,) an orphan (who is the main narrator), a eunuch and a learned son of a leader fulfilling a prophecy his father was given.
This report prepared by Donni Hakanson