Chase Parker is a young boy who goes to church and is baptized only to hit the back of his head against the baptismal font when both he and the pastor slip on the bottom of the pool. After that strange things begin to happen. Chase is sincere in his commitment and his desire to do what's right. At a Wednesday night prayer service a con man who is trying to ingratiate himself into the good graces of a wealthy widow suddenly jumps up and begins to speak in tongues. The amazing thing is that Chase understands what the man is saying ... that he is a thief and up to no good. But it doesn't stop there. Another parishioner jumps up at another service and speaks in tongues and Chase immediately understands that she is saying that she has had an affair with a married man (also a member of the church). It happens again. When Chase finally shares what he has understood, some think it is because of his scull fracture and that he is hallucinating; but the reader knows that everything Chase thinks he understands is true. There is a murderer in the town, a serial killer, and tension mounts as he begins to see Chase as a threat.
I really enjoyed this book and the fact that the sinners are confessing to their own sins only in tongues. It was a very different book from anything I have read and if you aren't turned off by the religious parts it is a truly entertaining read.