A novel based on the prophet Hosea and his marriage to Gomer, daughter of Diblayim, the Healer, portrays the Biblical story of Israel's defilement and whoredom as a background to the disunion Hosea's dedication caused. Hosea, son of Beeri and Hael, bore the mark of Yahweh but there was no peace in his heart until he wed Gomer, who trafficked with the witch, Eltike, and who longed to know what was beyond the valley. Amos' death passed the torch on to Hosea who spoke out against the practices that defiled his people, whose absences from home drove Gomer to Jonathan and later to the Temple to be the Ashtarte, where Hosea came to denounce the new king. Gomer's adultery is used to taunt him but Hosea turns it aside in the Bible's words ""The word of the Lord did come to me, saying 'Go, take unto yourself a wife of harlotry'...."" and Gomer, repelled by her experiences, returns to him. A first novel which explores the human side of these Old Testament figures and carefully recreates a place and a period has its place in the current revival of interest in the Bible.