Breaking world news that Jud Ogden Thorensen is the true author of a heretical bestseller and was almost crucified in Indiana induces Jud’s past to enter his present. When a teenager and an aspiring monk, he was seduced by Georgina, wife of David Binakas, President of Alpha-Omega Pharmakon.
David learns that his eleven-year-old daughter, Diana, is of Jud’s DNA and plans revenge on Jud for carnal sin and for David’s humiliation over the future marriage between Diana and the son of the Greek City Planner, Constantine Sgouros—a formidable man who views Jud as the Antichrist. When Constantine learns about Diana’s illicit conception, he desires to end the marriage plan—the talk of Athens and a restorative of good will at the end of a long-standing Binakas-Sgouros feud—by killing the profane writer’s daughter.
To save Diana from Constantine, Jud must elude his own death: David plans to murder Jud in a way that will make Georgina pay for her adultery with a heartbreaking betrayal of Jud, whose ensuing death would leave no blood on David’s hands, no blame on his shoulders, and no suspicion cast his way.