Gisela manages to make her father agree that she will only marry Rollo if he can steal a relic of Saint Catherine. If the saint sanctions the marriage, then she will allow the relic to be stolen. The king sends monks to retrieve the relic, Rollo sends henchmen, and a relic hunter follows them all, in a novel asks timeless questions about good, evil, and faith. Written in alternating points of view, this novel undertakes a journey from despair toward hope offered by the relic of a saint's finger. It asks timeless questions that reverberate with the modern soul: what do we value? What is sacred? Do miracles really happen? Like THE RUINS OF LACE, this novel looks at the value with which we imbue objects and the relationship between people in things. What happens when we invest a thing with ultimate power? Why do we expect objects to make our dreams come true?