As a hospice worker, Tanika is accustomed to the unsettling poignancy of death, but when she finds herself at the bedside of visionary self-help guru Orina Baladin, she is changed forever. Tanika gets that “falling up” feeling, and starts seeing things that others don’t see: auras, glowing orbs, the net of light underpinning all things.
Orina’s followers feel like their whole world is dying. Her grandson, biosystem engineer Bennett is taking it especially hard. Some say he’s just grieving, but even his beautiful childhood friend Willow Acharya worries his depression is so severe he is losing touch with reality.
Tanika sees something more in Bennett’s quiet manner, and he seems to see something in her.
Before she passes Orina gives Bennett a centuries-old journal and whispers something in his ear about “the crossing” and “the river.” Despite his father’s protests he sets off on a mountain road trip to fulfill her dying wish. Tanika goes along, to keep him grounded.
Then a shaman appears from beyond the veil. The journal gives up its secrets. Tanika sees things she could never have imagined and finds herself in possession of an ancient navigational instrument, and a plan to populate a new world with a new species, Homo Spiritus.
Will Willow and the others keep them from finding the place of conjunction in time?
Rosa Mundi is a hopeful meditation on the nature of reality, consciousness, and existence.