The context : the Thar desert in Rajasthan; the archetypal features of the architecture of a pre-industrial desert village dwelling; the legend behind Jaisalmer's foundation; its past economic importance as a trading post, and the forces that led to its decline. In the course of the exploration of the city, two aspects are simultaneously observed. First, the design and function of its architecture and urban organisation, how it is linked to the traditional lifestyle of the people, and its relevance for the modern world. Then, the impact of tourism and industrialisation on this ancient city and on the lifestyle of its inhabitants. A voice over narration is cut to live images and sounds of Jaisalmer and the desert, accompanied by Rajasthani Folk music.