Fr. Tom Kennedy's first experience with something totally out of the norm is when he hears the confession of a small boy who scares the priest with his evil description of something he has done and for which he has no remorse.
The Nazarene woman approaches a school board meeting for the purpose of lodging a complaint against their removal of all books relating in any way to Christianity. What she encounters at the meeting is our first look at the power of Satan unchecked.
A number of other individuals find disturbing human actions and nature gone wrong. What has caused the garden, belonging to Fr. Tom's mother, to rot into plastic-type vegetation? What is behind the riots within the small community where they live? What is the cause of the mysterious behavior the non-believer finds in the wilderness of northern Minnesota?
Why is the disturbing prayer life and extreme difficulty with dreams from all the individuals we meet so much of a concern to not only the ones suffering but to us the readers?
Fr. Tom and another priest friend call a meeting of all the individuals we know and some we will get to know at this meeting. The purpose of this get-together is to determine the cause of these common effects on the lives of so many different people from different backgrounds and different faiths. The meeting becomes a place where all the concerns are voiced and all the sufferings are exposed. A possible reason for the commonalities is shared and agreed upon by all the attendees.
How do we, God's people, face this problem that eventually takes Fr. Tom all the way from his bishop to Rome? Fr. Tom receives some heavenly help in solving this problem as he takes steps to engage the path that he has been directed.