This volume of the saga starts with the prison guard who after having contact with our hero contracts the “Gift”. Being the officer in charge of death roll and a firm believer of the death penalty, he and his partner Charlie are the ones that take the condemned on that long walk to the Gas Chamber and the last ones that the inmates deal with. How will he handle his new found talent when the system wants to abolish the death sentence?
All the while, the Priest who tried to have our hero repent for his sins also contracts the “Gift.” After being transferred to another church to take over the duties of a dying Cardinal he learns of his talent and uses it not for evil but for doing God’s work.
With time the Guard seeks out a Priest in another city to confess his sins and cleanse his soul. With both realizing that they are not the only one that has the gift, one decides to get rid of the other.