The Essence of Sin
When eight-year-old Rani Thakar confronts a street thief about his bad pickpocketing habit, she ends up inspired to steal something herself. Impressed by the quick study, the thief cons her into leaving home and joining his gang.
But that was the past. Now she's twenty-one, taking on bigger heists with bigger payoffs. She's living the high life, but securing that next fix of adrenaline can't happen without someone getting hurt.
A run-in with her older sister, Asha, almost convinces Rani to leave her gang and return home, but she realizes her mistake when she learns Asha is with the FBI and looking for a career-boost. And what better way to rise in the ranks than capture one of the most notorious gang of thieves and con artists in the country?
When government agents corner Rani and her gang, she'll have to choose: return to the family she'd long since abandoned, or stay with her best friends and risk sending them all to prison.