The Question and Answer section for Fire on the Mountain is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
Raka is left to Nanda after her parents, an abusive father and oppressed mother, move to Geneva while she is still sickly after having recovered from Typhoid. She is unlike other children and instead of looking for company of other children, finds...
Raka has had it with both the human world and the animal world. The fire is a rejection of both, especially a rejection of male violence on women.
The setting is the patriarchal (male dominated) scientific society of the Victorian era in Great Britain.