Inspired by a real manuscript in the rare book library at Yale University?and centering on the insights of an autistic child?this fast-moving mystery brings together the fields of cryptology, church history, and clinical psychology. As the tale begins, Father Ronald McCallum is a Vaticanguard secretly placed to watch over a 400-year-old document written in a code that has never been deciphered. He is startled one day when a boy visiting the library appears to read from the manuscriptÓ³ pages. After some consultation, theVatican decides tosend in an expert?Father Benicio Valori, a priest and clinical psychologist?to verify the boyÓ³ surprising skills. These efforts are thwarted, however, when the manuscript is stolen by mysteriousagents hoping to prevent its secrets from being exposed. Fearing for the childÓ³ life, Father Valori takes young Matthew and flees to Canada to consult his trusted friend, Dr. Jake Tunnel, a fellow psychologist; and soon the two men begin to unveil the biblical origins of the stolen manuscript?and to develop a theory of their own about why this autistic child can decode it so successfully.
Brad Kelln is a clinical and forensic psychologist and special consultant on hostage negotiation. He is the author of Lost Sanity.He lives in Windsor, Nova Scotia.