In Oakland, California, Tilo sells herbs and spices. No mere shopkeeper, she is The Mistress of Spices and, with her knowledge of their secret powers, she helps customers find answers to the questions of love, loss and loneliness. But when Tilo herself falls in love, she has a big choice to make. This is an upper-level story in a series of ELT readers comprising a wide range of titles - some original and some simplified - from modern and classic novels, and designed to appeal to all age groups, tastes and cultures. The books are divided into five levels: Starter Level, with about 300 basic words; Beginner Level (600 basic words); Elementary Level (1100); Intermediate Level (1600); and Upper Level (2200). Some of the titles are also available on cassette.