Our hero faces never before encountered obstacles thwarting his grief driven odyssey. He is livid at a politically weakened response by the D.A.’s office, an intransigent and deceitful Catholic hierarchy, and a cast of highly trained assassins bent on killing him. Why so much protection for this one, particularly hermit-like priest?
Constantly assailing his incredible deductive and memory skills is the battle he confronts with his conscience, as murdering any perpetrator defies the very fabric of his personal moral code. Further complicating this contradiction is his encounter with three new players in the mix who he must employ to get at his prey. One of them, a lesbian SVU detective, is a constant reminder of what real duty means. Another, an expert who provides a needed mentor’s education into the vagaries of the Catholic Magisterium, yet carries what appears to be the oxymoronic name of Seymour Hirsch. But, most notably his introduction to a woman, the CEO of the world’s largest clergy sex abuse survivor’s network, who offers him a chance at real love, something he’d never before experienced.
An overriding question? At what point will Dax’s one minded quest to exact revenge lead to a breakdown in his formidable skills and his own demise?