A death angel who has come to claim a terminally ill unwed mother takes a fatherly interest in the woman’s young son who has never met his own father; but when the boy discovers the angel’s true intent he takes it upon himself to foil the mysterious stranger’s plan and keep his mother alive.
BUCK LYNCH is just a little different than the normal twelve year-old boy mired in school detention for daily tardiness: He’s obsessed with angels. He’s so obsessed that he prays daily to a small, winged, porcelain angel, resting on his dresser to spare his mother, ESTELLE, from the cancer within her invalid body.
Buck is fatherless and with no family, other than his mother and grandparents he lives with, every day the same for him. Until one day out of the blue, a tall stranger comes into Buck’s life changing it forever.
The tall man proclaims to be aware of Buck’s prayers and heaven sent to relieve his mother of her pain. Buck is disbelieving at first, but after seeing heaven through the angel’s eyes becomes thrilled at the thought of his mother’s recovery and rushes to tell her of the new day coming; but the angel, visible to only those he has business with, introduces himself to another and gives Buck one less person to care for.
Outraged at the angel, and now knowing he would also take his mother soon, Buck set out to find a way to defend his home against a force he feared unbeatable.
Buck’s discovery of the legend behind Saint Michael gives him hope and the courage to fight for his mother’s life.
On Christmas Eve night, with Buck by the bedside of his dying mother his belief that faith can move mountains is tested, and long time questions, answered.
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Published December 10, 2012
Literature & Fiction.