The year is 1827, seventeen years before the Muslim and Christian worlds expect the appearance of the “Promised One” that each religion has been awaiting for centuries. What could possibly go wrong?
During this time of global religious fervor, two best friends begin unexpected adventures into the trials, tumult, and tragedies of adulthood. This sweeping tale of love, intrigue, betrayal, and great hope transports young Ali from a dusty Persian village into a dazzling western world that he never could have imagined.
Raised in the harem of the town mayor, Ali is abducted one night by a Christian missionary and his mother, who is a victim of his father’s abuse. After a breathtaking escape, Ollie lands in Regency England where his devout Muslim faith is stamped out, he is given a new identity (“Ollie”), and the harsh schools of Dickens’ age teach him how to be both a Christian and a proper Englishman.
Good fortune and keen wits help Ollie become a wealthy young man, but restlessness drives him further to the west, to New York, the heartland of American revivalism, where a series of heartbreaking tragedies turn him against all religions and every “man of the cloth.”
As he bitterly rages against God, the best friend left behind becomes the trailblazer of a new religion—neither Christian nor Muslim—that is declared a heresy and savagely persecuted by a ruthless Persian regime. The startlingly different paths of these two best friends finally converge, with each on opposite side of a climactic armed battle that may alter the lives and beliefs of millions.