In western North Carolina sits Marshall, a quiet protective mountain town where inhabitants are skeptical of outside interference.
Three people narrate the story. The first is Sister Adelaide, an elderly church member who objects to the handling of snakes and other dangerous things that members of the church had to do to prove their faith.
James Hall is the second narrator. He's an innocent nine-year-old who is curious about what goes on behind the covered windows of the church. His brother, Christopher, known as Stump, is thirteen. Stump doesn't talk and Jess attempts to look out for him.
The final narrator is the sheriff. He's a good man named Clem Barefield. When he gets the word that a child has been killed in the church he wants to investigate but doesn't know how much church members will tell him. He also objects to the dangerous things the church members do.
Clem investigates the church pastor, Carson Chambliss. Chambliss had been in prison for drugs and was present when a young girl died. He claims he's found God and has great power over his congregation.
The writing is superb and this is a story that will pull at the reader's heart and leave them thinking about the events in the novel for a long time.
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