Sometimes it seems like no one has seventeen-year-old Dee Adair's back. She's got enough stress dealing with her little bro being locked up, a heartless homophobic grandmother, and an ex-girlfriend who gives her trouble every time they cross paths.
Now, sacred Lighting Peak--her only place of peace--is scheduled for destruction. Bulldozers and dynamite are poised to excavate the mine, massacring the animals who live there in the process. Matrika Shergill, the mine's hot no-nonsense owner, couldn't care less about the furry little darlings.
Dee must find the inner strength from her meditation practice to weather violence and betrayal--and harness the power of friendship--if she is to save Lightning Peak. Discouraged by apathetic adults, pursued by murderous goons, inspired by a sage, and yearning for love, she presses onward.
The Buddha of Lightning Peak forges the transformational journey of an imperfect African-American lesbian teen lit up by the heroic promise to help all living things no matter what.