Morgan has spent her life imprisoned in a shrine high on the banks of the bayou, where everyone is constantly aware of her presence, but no one has ever actually spoken to her. She is god, just as her Mother was before her, and she'll stay that way until she gives birth to the next living god. But the job comes with little power beyond the ability to sense the emotions of others-certainly nothing her worshippers would find worth all their sacrifices, if they knew. Until one day, the villagers bring her a badly injured boy to receive last rites. Tired of being worthless and alone, Morgan decides to do something worthwhile for once revive him. To her own surprise, she succeeds, but he's not whole and hearty. The boy is alive, locked in the agonizing moment of his death. As her newfound power grows, Morgan finally gets what she's always wanted-a life outside the shrine. If only she can shake the angry mobs hunting her, and figure out how to restore death before the village is over-run with the animated corpses of its loved ones.