Pub Date 14 Oct 2011
Now thirteen, Chengli feels ready for independence. He isdrawn to the desert, beckoned by the howling of strange winds and the hope oflearning something about his father—who he was and how he died.
Chengli joins the caravan to travel down the merchantroute known as the Silk Road, but it is a dangerous life, as his father knew.The desert is harsh, and there are many bandits, particularly drawn to Chengli’s caravan because a princess, her servants, androyal guards are traveling with them. This story invites readers to experience the sights, sounds,and smells of this fabled desert route.