A lone albino squirrel finds refuge in the branches of a banyan tree – an old, wise banyan tree that has watched the hope and heartbreak of life unfold beneath its branches. The young squirrel asks the tree about many things, but foremost in his mind is the question of love and attachment. Should we try to hold on to the things we love? How do we cope when they are gone?
As the old banyan tree begins to drop its leaves and shed its branches, the squirrel realizes he will have to find this out for himself. How will he live without the banyan tree, and who will he tell its story to?
Zhou Jian-Xin’s wonderfully crafted ink-and-watercolor illustrations bring the reader into a world of emotionally charged imagery that intensifies the themes of this simple yet moving story.