(From the publisher):
From the publisher
"You're a soldier, bought and paid for."
So his captors tell Arjun, a boy approaching manhood and a member of the priestly and scholarly Brahmin class. The caravan taking him to begin his formal studies was attacked, his uncle killed, and his beloved sister kidnapped. Arjun was spared, only to be drugged by a nefarious old man, shorn of his identifying topknot, and put in shackles, the mark of a foot soldier and slave. Desperate to find his sister but resigned to the inevitable, Arjun accepts his new life and trains to be a mahout, an elephant driver in the army. His valor makes him famous, and his quest to find his sister is spread throughout the land in ballads written about his exploits. But fame is perilous: Arjun is strick down once again, and he must try to make the best of what fate has dealt him.
Original title: Tusk and Stone
Genre: Fiction→ Children & Young Adult→ Historical Fiction→ Asia