JHATOR tells the story of a journey from loss and grief back to peace and joy. It is told from a Buddhist perspective. Sofia has suffered a series of devastating losses. While attending the funerals for several family members, she finds herself plagued with a bitter taste that nothing can remove. A year later, she frees a white snake trapped in her garden. The bitter taste disappears and she discovers that she has been given a gift: she can understand the speech of animals. The gift, however, comes with some heavy responsibilities. The animals around her--always so much closer to death--teach Sofia how to live again. Three animals in particular come forward as her physical guides: Anat, the vulture, is a stern, mocking and sometimes terrifying teacher. Anat, the doe, is a grieving, empathic mother. Jet, her dog, is exuberant and gleeful, living moment to moment. Each guide has a different lesson for Sofia as she struggles to love and help others find healing.