“What else is there, but love?” the mysterious and captivating Sage, Mitra, seductively says to Maya, a vulnerable and curious graduate student who succumbs to his spell and surrenders to her innermost passions. Unbeknownst to her, however, she is but a pawn in Mitra’s carefully structured plan to fulfill his destiny and prophecy he has withheld from her.
Maya is an American born Anthropology student of Indian ancestry who travels to her deceased parent’s homeland to learn more about her mysterious heritage. To her, it’s an important step toward completing her thesis in Cultural Anthropology. She is drawn there by vivid dreams, unsure if they stem from her over-active imagination, or if the dreams are subconscious flashes of a past event she doesn’t fully understand. Maya is joined by her best friend, Alexandria, a beautiful and fun loving blonde photographer, who ultimately proves to be a fearlessly protective companion.
From the moment they arrive in India, Maya feels an irresistible urge to become immersed in the heritage and culture of her native country. The two women soon find themselves at Maya’s ancestral home where they meet Maya’s Aunt who is also, surprisingly, named Maya.
When they enter the grounds of the lush estate, they are greeted warmly by her distant Aunt, who bears a striking resemblance to Maya. By contrast, the groundskeeper, Appu, is both gruff and ominous. They are thrown aback when he hisses “Leave now, while you still can..”. Notwithstanding the discomfort they feel in Appu’s presence, the two women settle in and enjoy Aunt Maya’s hospitality and company. As the days go by the two women begin to explore the area. When Maya and Alexandria are deep in the forest, they split up because Alexandria has targeted a handsome man in the lake (Milind) with whom she wants to flirt, while Maya feels drawn to continue walking. Eventually, she finds herself on the path described by her Aunt: the road that one can only find “…when you can only hear the sound of your breath and the rhythm of your heart.” It leads her to the outside of a cave where believers congregate for the opportunity to have their moment with Mitra, the Holy Man they have come to see. His skills and powers are legendary, she is told. Intrigued, she waits until the last person has left and then walks into the cave, an action that will have profound affect on her life.
Maya, the student of myth, folklore and symbols, cannot help but be fascinated by the quiet strength and accumulated wisdom which Mitra exudes. Concurrently, Alexandria has met a kindred spirit in Milind. She is attracted to Milind’s artistic nature, intelligence, and joyful disposition. A passionate love affair results from their first casual meeting, which first mirrors that of Mitra and Maya.
As the moon build to its full size over the ensuing days, the two relationships begin to vary in dramatic ways. Where Alexandria and Milind share laughter and intimacy, Mitra uses his knowledge of spells and potions to engage Maya in ritualistic lovemaking while mysteriously conducting incantations. Maya seems to be distancing herself from Alexandria and becoming obsessed with the Guru, and the knowledge he is sharing with her.
Concerned for her friend, and increasingly disturbed by the strangeness of the estate and the elusive Aunt Maya, Alexandria begins to sense that all is not right. As she begins to fully comprehend the true meaning of what is afoot, Alexandria not only realizes that all is not what it seems to be, but she comes to the conclusion that Maya is in serious danger.
“Maya” is a disturbing and compelling tale of misplaced love, passion, sex, destiny, black magic and the power of free will. It is set in an exotic and mysterious land that accentuates the danger and suspense. It is a story of true love lost, then found, as much as it is also a cautionary tale.