Would you give up everything to save the soul of one child?
Doctor Paul Prophet, a hard-drinking widower in Green Bay, Wisconsin, works with dying children. Now they’re visiting him after death, and their portents aren’t good. Paul is swept into a spiritual realm folded occultly inside our own, a world where demons hunt the souls of children to increase their power. He must learn the secrets of the Kesemanetow, a collection of Tarot cards created by the All-Father himself, to rescue the soul of a child and save the world from eternal darkness.
Then the second dead child arrived.
She visited me several days after Easter. To be fair, she hadn’t died yet, but that’s just splitting hairs as far as I’m concerned.
On this particular afternoon I sat on the boardwalk close to where the first child had been scooped away by the emergency responders. The Wisconsin spring had warmed to a balmy thirty-eight degrees, though the last few remaining icebergs refused to surrender to the sun. I lifted my eyes from the tumbler of scotch to see the sun beginning to set. I raised my glass to the sparkling green water and made a toast to all that was beautiful in this world. A translucent orange path of fire had been painted upon the surface of the Bay. I had not noticed the girl sitting next to me until she spoke.
“They are looking for you,” she said.