Maria Francesca Milana, born into a wealthy merchant family in Roma, discovers that knowledge has many and forbidden forms. After marriage, and years as a member of the Order of Our Lady of Laughter, she travels to Ldjahkion, where she joins the amazing household of Alishka Zo and Yu Chu Ng Khan. Guido Gaimistus, an ambitious and scholarly priest, friend of Julian the Master Cutter in the House of the Wounded, is called to help with the return of the Pope to Roma, and to tutor the young Rosa. Each of these tasks has him meddle where he should not.
Alishka Zo, a strong desert woman with memories of eagles flying above the cooling towers of her youth, is sent to find tiles of the exact colour green needed for the roof of Ldjahkion’s new Grain House. The journey between Ldjahkion and Roma becomes a Good Yellow Road, finally bringing Rosa home to Roma. This is a novel of distance, journey, and finding peace.