Inspired by the American Family Studios feature film Summer Snow.
Written by AFA Journal staff member, Joy Lucius, the reader gets a closer, more in-depth look at the Benson Family, specifically Hallie.
Along with her dad and her two older siblings, Hallie begins a painful search for healing and stability in the midst of the deep and aching loss of her beloved mother Susan. It won’t be an easy quest; that’s why Susan left a trail of clues for Hallie to follow in her journey toward peace and restoration, a trail filled with Hallie’s favorite flower, the dandelion. But the trail of dandelions did not begin at Hallie Benson’s front door. In fact, that trail of summer snow started long ago, thousands of miles away in Nicaragua. In this portion of her story, Hallie finds herself at the beginning of that trail, walking in the footsteps of a family of missionaries serving in Central America. And along the way, Hallie, as well as her readers, discovers that big miracles often begin with childlike faith as tiny as a dandelion seed.
The novel is a story about two friends in love with the same woman. One is accused of murdering the other at a social function and the trial which follows. The setting is small town America in the late ''40s and early ''50s. It reveals an impartial look at the personalities behind the screen in the small, southern town of Cotton City, Mississippi; their values and vices — each one’s reputations in the light of day and their real character human weaknesses in the shadows of night. The novel also tells the story of the town-drunk wife abuser, an alcoholic businessman, the highly successful county-lawyer, a porn-addicted contractor, a beloved alcoholic town doctor, a city mayor and county sheriff—whose politics come before policing — and a much loved country preacher.
Dan Mackenzie is chief of police for the little town of Madison, and he’s thinking of moving to the big city to get a fresh start. When he meets Vicki Jo Gradishar, the daughter of a good friend, he begins thinking he might change his mind.
But when a man mysteriously disappears, Dan and VJ find themselves drawn into a mystery that tests their faith and becomes a life-or-death struggle.
Suddenly an Indian legend involving a battle fought more than a hundred years ago, pitting the Hohani, a local tribe, against a race of demons, is becoming more fact than fiction. Now it seems something has returned – and the government is following the trail.
The ensuing clash threatens to engulf Madison and destroy everyone in it.