A blend of appeal of The Fountain and of the Lloyd Douglas books, this thriller with spiritual implications should reach fiction readers, religious market and Noyes' enthusiasts. It is poignant satire on appeasement complacency, on wars and international intrigue, as science releases a deadly ray, simultaneously the world over, and human life is stopped. Two human beings are saved -- a man and a woman; they find each other, and to two young moderns the spiritual meaning of life unfolds. They are human -- they fall in love -- there's a villain in the piece, from whom the girl eventually escapes. And, finally, they reach an answer in Assisi, where a small congregation has been saved by a miracle to recreate human society in the light of Christian revelation. Noyes has succeeded in writing a powerful book.