The novel is basically set in Burma, which focus mainly on the 20th century. The name of the novel actually originates from the Glass Palace Chronicle, which is an old historic Burmese work. The novel is based on an Indian boy who is forced to go to Burma and who aspires to build an empire in Burma. He meets his love, when the royal family is asked to leave the Glass palace and years later when he becomes a successful business man, he goes in search of her. The journey of his search through places like Malaya, India and Burma is what is being explained here in a very beautiful manner, where at the end he meets his love and they reunite.