Posted as the new director of IIM Kozhikode, Sujata Das knew she was entering a hornet’s nest. She has to fend with criminal elements with links to the drug mafia and other equally unsavoury organizations. But she imposes strict rules of conduct right from the start, not appreciated by faculty members and students who are used to taking unwarranted liberties as self-proclaimed geniuses. She has favourites, a girl student with a tragic past, and a dashing young professor who turns out to be gay.But questions go begging though she has her sources of information: is there widespread covert drug abuse on campus? Is there a paedophile lair nearby with links to some members of the institute? A failed suicide attempt forces her hand, and she opts for a decisive surgical strike of sorts against the forces posing a danger to the IIMK campus and the tranquil countryside itself.