If intended as a version of the story of Mary Magdalen, this diverges sharply from the traditional, varied as those versions may seem. Aside from this aspect, the story is, in itself, good reading, with a background of Palestine at the time of the Christ which is authentic down to small details. The story gives a somewhat psychopathic slant to the story of an unwanted child, daughter of a crippled sandal maker of Magdala, herself an epileptic, child of superstition and half-crazy zealotry, shunned and taunted by the villagers. She learns of Jesus and his creed, and a dormant faith is stirred, which eventually spurs her to leaving the village and -- after misadventures -- joining his followers, shortly before the crucifixion. The Graphic Bible and This Believing World have established Lewis Browne's reputation as a student of the Bible and this is his first venture into the field of fiction.