This is a novelization of Dietrich Bonhoeffer's life. It follows the influences of this sheltered, upper class boy from the loss of his older brother in World War I to Union Theological Semenary in New York where he meets fellow theologians who struggle with God's call to confront racism and economic inequality and even a corporate secret leading to the deaths of thousands of workers!
All this prepares Bonhoeffer to face his confrontation with the Third Reich. Does God call us to do things He won't? What is our responsibility to act when we aren't "called"? Does the church have any validity if it doesn't fight injustice? I see people of all faiths wrestling with these same questions in our own times. This book gets us inside the head of someone else who has taken that journey.