Frank Molloy, an expatriate and a former priest, returns to Ireland to the village of Davinkill. It is the town where he grew up, the town that decades earlier sent him out into the world as a newly ordained priest, the town that was scandalized when he left the priesthood–and the Church–and the town where his own brother has long since disowned him.
Eddie Keegan, Frank's childhood friend, remained in Davinkill–and in the priesthood. But Father Keegan looks down on his congregation, experiencing feelings of revulsion as he serves them communion. And in his haunted memory, a ghastly crime has festered for years.
In Davinkill, social sanctity hides a lie. But now, past and present must meet and confront one another.
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