When he witnesses the murder of an unarmed German soldier in a mud-filled trench on the bloody battlefields of Europe during World War I, Chaplain William Teller's life is changed forever. Despite his valiant efforts to save the young prisoner, Bill fails and is shot by Lester Groggins, a psychopathic rogue British soldier.
After almost losing his own life to the murderer, Bill awakes in a British army hospital under the nursing care of Emily Esterbrooke, the woman who will become his lifetime guardian angel. After a short courtship and spurred by the death of Emily's mother, the couple marry and depart for a new life in Fargo, North Dakota, USA, Bill's hometown.
When Groggins is convicted of the prisoner's murder solely based on Bill's testimony, Groggins swears undying revenge. The killer's plans come to a fierce crescendo when he pursues the couple aboard the S.S. Zuiderdam, the ship carrying them across the North Atlantic to New York.
Aboard the Zuiderdam, as it nears the final resting place of the sunken S. S. Titanic, Bill meets a despondent man who lost his family in that tragedy. Bill's efforts on the man's behalf create a deep lifetime friendship between them. A bond that will benefit Bill during future times of adversity that severely test the young Chaplain's faith.
Tellers' world turns upside down again after Lucile Novak and her young son, Zachary, enter his life most unexpectedly. The ongoing story skillfully blends the ups and downs of rural life in North Dakota with the frightening on-going malevolent legacy of Lester Groggins' revenge.
The exciting twists and turns in ZACHARY'S GOLD culminate in a remarkable Peyote fueled sweat lodge ceremony that is truly one of a kind.
A very entertaining read for mature readers.