Gr 9 Up-Eighteen-year-old Seb's life is falling apart: he has been selling drugs and has stopped going to college. After his girlfriend dumps him, he spends the day engaging in various illegal pursuits and is nearly beaten to death by a crazed homeless man. At the hospital, he discovers that someone interceded and saved his life. Seb's near-death experience prompts him to turn his life around. He is determined to find the man who helped him in order to thank him. As Seb searches for the Good Samaritan throughout London, he also embarks on a journey of spiritual understanding, and soon contemplates the impossible: could this stranger be a guardian angel? All of the evidence leads to an affirmative that helps him to get his life back in order. The plot is driven by Seb's search, which initially creates a sense of mystery. However, the subplots are too easily remedied and do not adequately connect to the rest of the story. Seb doesn't actually seem to struggle, and everything just falls into place without much incident. Additionally, the characters lack complexity. Seb seems to learn something about faith, but his discovery is without emotion. The secondary characters are stagnant and generally uninteresting. Despite a great concept, the book falls short.-Leigh Ann Morlock, formerly at Vernonia School District, OR Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.