In what was once a fertile valley, long blocked by avalanches, a village exists in silence. Trapped and dependent upon a town at the foot of the mountain for food and supplies, the villagers have been organized into castes: the artists, who observe and report news in drawings; the suppliers, who send the metals down off the mountain and negotiate for food in return; servants, who serve and take care of the artists and suppliers; and the miners, the lowest, who toil deep in the mountain to bring up the metal they need for trade.
But when the miners start to go blind as well as deaf, the entire village suffers.
Though NetGalley, I was able to read an excerpt of the book, the first two chapters only, which is enough to make me want to read this entire book. Already, I am interested in the characters and their plight, especially that of Fei and her sister, Zhang Jing. I only hope that I will get the opportunity to read the entire book!