In this chapter, the protagonist, Debu, embarks on an adventure to Tibet, nicknamed 'the roof of the world', due to its high altitude and its location among the Himalayan peaks. The journey takes him to a monastery, a unique and intriguing place of worship that sparks his curiosity. The monastery's architecture and design, including its prayer cylinders, flags, and yaks' tails, are unlike anything Debu has seen before.
During his visit, Debu pays respects to the lamas, who are regarded as powerful figures, and he learns about the beliefs and customs of the people in the region. Debu is particularly intrigued by the head Lama of the monastery, a young boy seated on a gilded throne. He learns about the belief that lamas are reincarnated, and how senior lamas search for their successors among young children.
When it's time to present gifts to the young Lama, Debu realizes he has nothing to offer. However, a small toy top, given to him by his friend Hayat, accidentally falls out of his pocket, and he decides to present it to the young Lama. The gift delights the boy, who accepts it graciously.
Later in the chapter, Debu struggles to sleep, burdened by the worries of finding his father and the money he carries. In the middle of the night, Debu awakens to an attacker trying to steal his belongings. Although he manages to fight off the assailant, he decides not to alert others to avoid any delays or conflicts in their journey.
The chapter offers an insightful glimpse into the culture, beliefs, and traditions of Tibet while following Debu's thrilling adventure. It also highlights the importance of courage and resourcefulness in the face of adversity.