This book is about faith and logic, sin and guilt. It is also about innocence and its punishment. The novel traces Thomas Spanner’s life with a dysfunctional father who blames Thomas for his sister’s death. Unable to cope with blame and guilt, Thomas becomes drug addicted.He has a religious experience, gives up his drug dependency and eventually becomes a priest.He is assigned to an isolated religious community where he tries to fight a harsh Medieval Catholicism.Thomas falls in love with Greta—church secretary and nominal Catholic. They marry and together they escape from Johnsburgh
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