Marren Berger resolved to become a neurologist at the age of fourteen – three years after her father’s death from a stroke and six months after a compulsion to cut her arms landed her in the hospital. Marren swore that she would stop her own downward spiral. She swore that she would honor her father’s memory. Now seventeen-year-old Marren is days away from an internship in Paris when Saint Michael appears to her and forbids her from boarding the train.
While fighting to salvage her plans for the future, Marren endures repeated visitations and directives from a formidable angel and a tragic saint. She is told to help a young man named Nicolas Moreau whose family dysfunction is evident in the bruises on his mother’s arms and in Nicolas’ own violent drawings.
Like historical ‘chosen’ women before her, Marren is told to pray. She is told to trust. She is told to obey.
But unlike those other women, Marren is not a believer. She does not obey. And it could cost her everything.