Hank Lofgren, a university history professor, and two of his students, Zach Kirk and Elvie Rafferty, spend a summer in the Drumheller badlands digging into the history of Alberta's by then mostly defunct coal mines. On his days off, Zach explores the rest of the region's history and, in the process, stumbles on a secret that may cost all three of their lives. Joshua Erdmann was born in the wrong place and time to lead a normal life. Against Joshua's will, his cousin John Priestly persuades the congregation of the powerful Miriam Church that Joshua is the born-again Saviour. The only fly in the ointment is Zack and Elvie, investigating this secret church and its political intrigues after their mentor, Hank Lofgren, been killed under mysterious circumstances. Faced with the growing power of the Miriam Church in every aspect of Alberta life, will Zack and Elvie be able to learn the truth? How can they survive the weight of the powerful cabal of priests about to seize control of the province of Alberta? From the reviews: "I am still wading through the book. It may not reflect Alberta, but having been in a cult over 40 years ago, this still makes my blood run cold." - Carla Edelman "To this back-slid Baptist boy who once saw the face of Jesus in a storm cloud, all the prognostications of Fire and Brimstone send a chill down my back. It's the stuff of TV evangelists and late night talk radio ranting. In the hands of a talented writer like MacKenzie, we glimpse what could be Miriam's slow decline into madness, a real life horror story or the inside dope on the unfolding of The End Days. It's the uncertainty that draws us in. ..".In MacKenzie's version of reality, the wide expanse of Alberta geography, greed, madness and duplicity draw us into a vision where anything could be real and anyone could be Divine." - Paul Corman "If there ever was such a thing as a born storyteller Bob MacKenzie qualifies. The pages seemed to turn themselves.