Set in the imaginary village of Ajab Gaon (Strange Village) , the story revolves around several characters. Raja Birchandra, is a king without a kingdom who whiles away his time singing songs by Tagore. Dukkharam is a school teacher who lives in a house haunted by an ancestor; Madhab Ghosal is a devotee of Lord Shiva who wants to analyse everything; Madhab Dutta claims to be a great shikari; Tia, Dutta's innocent niece, has resolved to marry the school teacher. Underlying the strands of all of these stories, is the legend of a treasure hidden in the Raja's palace. Birchandra is least concerned about this but there are certain other characters who are out to steal it.
Rookie cop Amelia Donaghy reluctantly teams with Lincoln Rhyme -- formerly the department's top homicide detective but now paralyzed as a result of a spinal injury -- to catch a grisly serial killer dubbed The Bone Collector.
Following a bomb scare in the 1960s that locked the Webers into their bomb shelter for 35 years, Adam now ventures forth into Los Angeles to obtain food and supplies for his family, and a non-mutant wife for himself.