When a stranger, bearing an old scroll from the first century (with a hidden message from Judas echoing down through history), comes to town and meets a lunatic with an unshakable faith in mankind, the stage is set for an apocalyptic courtroom scene where God Himself sits as a defendant, with the final fate of America hinging on the outcome. In the process, the higher question of the need for faith in the modern age becomes the real issue on trial. In the midst of this historical unraveling, the stranger, like a modern-day Candide, attempts to find in the muddle of myths that make up the "best of all possible nations," the true meaning of love and freedom. As his antithesis, there is always the crazy Albert, like a contemporary Quixote, raging and battling anything that threatens to diminish the human spirit or limits man's potential. The stranger and Albert spiral towards an outrageous spoof of end-of-the-world spectacles and millennium madness.
Author Bio: Daniel Oldis has been published in The Briar Cliff Review, Software Development, Enterprise Systems Journal and Welcome to the Magic Theater: a Handbook for Exploring Dreams. His short story Strange Attractor was nominated for the 1996 Pushcart Prize. Currently living in Southern California, he migrated from Iowa where he taught college English, Psychology and Sociology.