After her brutal rape, Uma begs Kamadev, the Hindu god of love and desire, to possess her infant nephew, Achilles, to make him supremely beautiful so she can get revenge on the world by breaking countless hearts. After seven years of frantic prayers, Achilles is indeed possessed , but then his father gives him a red book of Sufi poems and tells him that they will help him find one good thing in himself—his one good thing. Achilles grows up to be a famous actor, the paradigm of beauty, but he has a secret that compels him to give it all up and search for his one good thing in the holy city of Varanasi, India, accompanied by his friend, Neville, who searches for meaning through beauty and has his own secrets from his childhood in Jamaica. There they meet Sundar Singh--a Sikh who is desperately searching for the meaning of manhood--an Aghori sadhu named Rudra, a boy named Vijay who is being starved by his sister-in-law, and Satya who has given up her career as a playback singer to be with a man who she believes is her husband brought back from the dead. Written in the style of magical realism, Unbearable Beauty is a meditation on the true meaning of love, a story about the search for beauty which is the search for love which is the search for God, a dream within a dream within a dream evoking the spirit of Bollywood Meets Carlos Castaneda and ultimate transcendence.