Venice, its burden of years and the scale of its wonders, is the setting for the main elements of the story which begins on graduation day in '84 New York. It is in Venice, while on holiday, that Mary and John become involved in an alleged miracle which will change their lives irrevocably and alter their views of the mysterious. John, an academic specialising in the Italian Renaissance, is determined to discover the truth of what he has witnessed. Mary, who is harbouring a dark secret, is not ... They return to their home on Long Island where events take dramatic turns. Many other characters weave their way in and out of the plot ... driving it to a conclusion in Holy Week 2007 ... and a return to Venice where John, determined to revisit the place of his encounter with angels, is waiting for his own miracle ... but for Mary, a revelation ... 'Profound and mysterious ... A moving and complex novel which explores the boundaries of mortality.'