What does it mean to die? What is the role of death in human life? The theme of this novel focuses on these two questions in the medium of a duel between the god of death, Mowt, and Dr. Athenaion, a devotee of the god of love. In the course of delineating the duel, the author spotlights the meaning of death as a human phenomenon in the context of a truly loving family. Mowt inflicts several devastating calamities upon Dr. Athenaion, but in spite of this infliction, two love affairs sprout and see the light of day in the Athenaion family.