This is a novel about unrequited Zen love.The Story . . . . an intriguing and haunting tale about unrequited love in an arranged marriage, the Zen philosophy of life and death, and Nirvana, the ultimate truth of existence.The Place . . . . a small village in ancient China.The Man . . . . who is reluctant to consummate his own marriage due to non-involvement.The Woman . . . . who is determined to score a breakthrough in her unconventional marital relationship.The Executioner . . . . who, paradoxically, gives life by taking away life. ...