i won't describe the plot,a previous reviewer did that. I enjoyed this novel! I read the author's previous novels which i liked and at first glance you know you are in for a different journey of the imagination this time round. It is a sci-fi novel as it imagines the communist government investigation into a ufo sighting...there are many minor characters drawn in novel from the very poor to the educated and i would presume to call this a political narrative and not so romantic as the author's previous novels were! I encourage everyone to read it though since i found it enjoyable...not star trek but down to earth realistic portrayal of china circa 2012!