This is the first book of the Ibis trilogy.
The story tells the saga of Ibis when traveling from America to India.
The saga of several characters are entwined in the plot, such as Deetie, a widow of a opium factory worker; Paulette, the daughter of a French botanist; Baboo Nob Kissin, a company’s accountant.
It took me a while until I managed to fix the narrative’s development due to the many existing of idiolects even if the author provided an extensive Chrestomathy by the end of the book.
The next volume of this trilogy is The River of Smoke.