For 13-year-old Peter Cassidy, each summer day is just like the one before it - mowing lawns for spending money and hanging out with his best friend. But one startling afternoon, a newcomer hitchhikes into town, promising joy and excitement to everyone who comes to the local church. During revival services, Pete sits riveted to the pew, held fast by the hypnotic rhythm of the "Preacher Man's" voice. And when the "Man" turns his piercing blue eyes on him, Pete feels as if his inner-most being were laid bare before the world. Suddenly he is poised to leave his secure, familiar life to follow this saver of souls. But is the stranger what he claims to be?
In this Newbery Honor Book, acclaimed author for young people Cynthia Rylant paints a stirring portrait of a teenaged boy learning some difficult truths about religious beliefs and human nature. Pete's moving story of disappointment and hope memorably unfolds with Jeff Woodman's dramatic narration.