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: Abandoned as an infant at the gate of a monastery in ancient China, Jai-tien becomes indoctrinated into the principles of Buddhism and the legendary Shailan art of kung fu. Chosen as the favorite of the grand master, he is forced to train in the martial arts, although the strict discipline does not suit his carefree spirit. Desperate to find purpose to his life, he escapes from the monastery, setting out on an epic quest to discover the true meaning of happiness, and how to attain it. The Poetry of Time is a prequel to the authorâs first novel, Black Dragon, Black Cat. It may be enjoyed by readers of all ages who are seeking poignant character portrayals set against the backdrop of ancient cultures and civilizations.