Chance Bonner is an American boy with an existential secret he is about to discover: he is living his life backwards. He is in his first incarnation, and has already found the correct practice, the Buddhism of the Sun. His mother taught him about this philosophy and its daily recitation of sections of the sacred sutra. As these facts of his early life demonstrate, Chance is very, very lucky. It's karma, actually, and his is extremely good. But is it good enough to enable him to stand alone, combat, and defeat the various negative forces of the Universe which arise to confront him? To confound his every effort to develop into an upstanding human being? To even kill him if they cannot destroy his spirit-his luck? He must first determine what these forces are and where they originate. Without this knowledge, all of his efforts will be futile.