Minh and Toan are a couple of young Vietnamese refugee brothers who are brought to America after the fall of Saigon. Melanie is a young mother who grieves the death of her son, Lucas. Lucas is her son, who committed suicide. George is a young boy who is obsessed with the church and God. All are connected by a mysterious person who appears to each in a different guise, and by Father Anthony Swinton, a Catholic priest. The book's chapters jump between characters and time, with the intention, I'm sure of having each of the characters' stories reach its climax at the same time. I had trouble trying to keep up with when the current chapter I was reading took place, and I finally gave up and just read from chapter to chapter, and the book flowed smoothly from there. Kelland, as I mentioned, is a mysterious person who appears differently to each of the other characters. A sexy woman to one, a gay man to another, a priest to a third, and a young African-American boy to the last. In each case, Kelland's purpose is to get them to face up to something in their past which serves as a barrier to their wholeness. In each case, Father Anthony plays a part. Very interesting reading.