Stanley Moss is stricken with cancer, and living quietly with his wife. One day, Stanley discovers that he has the strength of ten men, can read minds and fulfill people's dreams - and his illness has vanished. He starts a new religion and invites the world to join but when the world shows up, along with the media and an angry long-dead spiritualist, things take an unexpected turn.
British Columbia, 1863. "Boston" Jim Milroy has become obsessed with reciprocating a minor kindness from Dora Hume, a settler in the Cowichan Valley. Her kindness haunts him and inspires his attempts to buy something suitable for her. His search leads him to Barkerville on the trail of her capricious husband - the one thing that she really wants.