Kencha is found dead deep within the forests of Kukke. His body is branded with a strange message written in HaLegannada, an ancient version of Kannada. Even as Dhruv Kaveriappa, Chief Conservator of Forests - Hassan division, investigates Kencha’s death, he senses an unseen danger in the forests of Kukke, Bisle and Sakleshpura. Animals drop dead; plants wither away and just as Dhruv feared, the forest claims another victim. Shivaranjini unwittingly treks to the same spot where Kencha was found dead, and soon, she suffers a devastating tonic-clonic seizure. She also begins to exhibit a bizarre personality disorder. Perhaps there is an outbreak of an unknown rabies-like disease?
Meanwhile, far away in Bengaluru, Matchu plans a reckless kidnapping which spins out of control.
As the seemingly unconnected events unravel in a dizzying maelstrom - Dhruv realizes there is a link after all - an ancient truth far too terrifying to comprehend...
The Revenge of Kaivalya