Daniel is the main character in my haunting and thought-provoking book. Reader searching for their own answers will find this book enlightening as they struggle along with Daniel towards his destiny. His inner thoughts and feelings are chronicled through introspection and reflection. These enhance the mystery of his quest giving the reader insight into Daniel’s internal struggles and dreams.
Daniel finds himself drawn to the window of his apartment. As he peers into the courtyard, he sees a lady wearing a long white gown standing at the end of the garden plaza. He often reminisces about his father being visited, a few days before he passed away, by a lady in a flowing white gown. Daniel’s father referred to her as the Lady in White. Convinced he will soon meet the same fate as his father, Daniel feels a strong urge to undertake an epic quest to a destination that calls out to him in a series of dreams and visions. The journey is extremely difficult both physically and mentally. Daniel fights his way through the daunting wraths of nature, as well as battles with his inner self. He finds help and advice along his journey from strangers that mysteriously come to Daniel’s aid when failing to meet his goal becomes imminent: Shad the fisherman, Jazz the store owner, and Mama, an old Gullah woman who trades potions and ointments for food and tobacco. These three guardians become Daniel’s saviors. Daniel also gets help and encouragement from a monarch butterfly, a horned owl, a great blue heron, a stray dog, and a dolphin. This assemblage of characters, along with Daniel’s steadfast drive and determination to overcome each challenge, delivers him to his ultimate destiny. The reader reaches the end of Daniel’s journey not knowing what awaits around the final bend. Does Daniel find serenity, or do the foresights of the old Gullah woman prevail?