The dead suddenly return to life in Mott's exceptional debut novel. All over the world, people's loved ones are returning from beyond, nearly exactly as they were the minute before they died. No one knows how or why, or whether it's a miracle or a sign of the end. Harold and Lucille Hargrave, an elderly couple residing in a small Southern town, are astonished when their son Jacob, who died in a drowning accident at the age of eight, returns to them. His return--he hasn't aged at all--brings both joy and fear. An eloquent and powerful tale exploring questions of faith and morality, love and responsibility.