This is a must-read novel. It details with particular poignancy the moral dilemmas of poverty in an impoverished state. A priest is seen as a 'Messiah' and rises to be president but at a cost. His friend and mentor Fr. Michel also faces the tug of friendship but of a restraining hand against too much impetuosity. In the end it comes to nothing in the public square but it is a story of moral courage and friendship. To me, this is one of the finest of Brian Mooore's novels.