Father Rick Petroni is a talented young priest woking in New York (prior to Spetember the 11th). He has just published a controversial text arguing against the tenets of a Christain synod that believes the Pope is the antichrist.
Troubled teenager Mark enters Father Rick's confession box, and the priest is rapidly drawn into a fast developping crisis - Mark has run away from home and cannot face confronting the truth about himself, nor can he face his parents. Father Rick sets about trying to straighten it out, but finds himself ideologically opposed to Mark's father. (Reverend Hardenberg of the aformentioned synod.)Mark and his father have a complex love hate relationship, fuelled by misunderstandings and a longing to be accepted and respected. Father Rick attempts to reconcile father and son, but his faith based arguments with the Reverend make this process difficult.
This is a very intense drama, blending human emotion with philosophy and religious ideology.
The review of this Book prepared by Bryn Pearson