Zee Miller, wild child of a small-town minister, runs away to become a movie star, little suspecting the nightmare that awaits. Doyle Lawrence's poetic soul yearns for a life with the exciting Zee, but his father's expectations squeeze him into a narrow mold. World War I hits, and Doyle enlists, only to find a darkness within himself on the battlefield.

Years later, when Zee and Doyle meet again in Los Angeles, both are changed. Zee will make deals with the devil to get the stardom she wants and to guard her secret. Doyle wrestles with despair, struggling to find a reason to live. Both need the beckoning arms of hope in the light and truth of Jesus Christ.

In an exciting tale that spans decades, Bell skillfully makes his case that some desires are better off denied so that we can have what we really need. Doyle and Zee are sympathetic and believable, blemishes and all. (Apr., 400 pp., $12.99)
Reviewed by: 
Jill Elizabeth Nelson