From jacket flap:
Born Rinchen Dolma Tsarong in Lhasa some 60 years ago, the author comes from one of the oldest families in Tibet and grew up in the closely-knit world of the Tibetan nobility – a Buddhist society almost untouched by Western influence. Her father, a leading member of the Government was assassinated while she was a baby and her mother, who spiritually controlled a she-demon, died while she was a child at school in Tibet.
At the age of 13 she was sent to an American school in India, a 3-week journey on a horse-back over high mountain passess. Thus she became the first Tibetan girl to learn to speak and write in English and this foreign education had a profound effect upon her life. She first married Dasang Dadul Tsarong, one-time Commander-in-Chief of the Tibetan Army whose powerful and enigmatic personality comes alive in these pages, and later Jigme Taring, a prince of Sikkim, who, with her, now generously devotes his life to caring for and educating Tibetan refugee children.
The author’s personal story covers Tibetan history in the last 50 years. Here we have a first-hand account of the everyday world and domestic life of a Tibetan family with its gaiety and freedom, pleasures and tragedies, customs and traditions, now all destroyed.