Th e Reluctant SaviorRafer Alexander is the sole survivorof a plane crash over Sikkim in whichhis two parents and brother havebeen killed. After trekking downthe mountainside, he is rescued bymonks from a Tibetan monasterywhere he learns to deal with hisgrief through meditation. When anew friend develops cancer, Rafertakes his practice deeper, eventuallydiscovering the ability to heal.Th rough trial and error, he expandshis healing ability to includeparanormal feats like psychokinesis(which he parlays into a fortunein Las Vegas), confl ict resolution(which he uses to help win historicagreements in Jerusalem andKashmir), and thought-transmissionat the U.N. (which brings a presidentto his knees). In a fi nal, concealedexperiment he even attempts walkingon water.In time his successes evoke avariety of responses. Some see himas a magician; others are convincedhe is the Second Coming ofChrist. Still others fear that heis the Antichrist warned aboutin the Bible. Through it all heeschews any suggestion of divinity,remaining true to the belief that hehas done nothing more than whatall humans are capable of doing.