When mishaps leave Callie stranded on the island of Masalay, strange urges draw her to a distant lake. There she encounters Rika, a suicidal widower with the same powerful urges. What follows is dizzily sensual and painfully brief.
Left pregnant and alone, Callie is determined to find Rika, who has disappeared. But his privileged family wants nothing to do with a shyly sarcastic American who won't listen to reason. To survive in this beautiful but baffling country, Callie will need to rely on wits, decency, and the help of an outcast boy.
Meanwhile, a remote village has been shaken by eerie events surrounding the disappearance of a child. Brother Carodai, the aged scholar who investigates, begins to trace clues across the island and through the centuries. Piecing together information from a demented woman, bizarre flowers, and a long-dead language, Carodai reaches an inescapable conclusion: He must find and protect the dangerously blessed woman who has conceived a Godling.
As forces Callie can't see converge upon her, she remains unaware that this uncanny, beautiful baby is anyone's miracle but hers. However, Masalay has been teaching her things, and the courage she's found may be enough to save them when the storm clouds break.
CK Collins has created a literary novel of great texture and depth. With humor, emotion, and skillful storytelling, The Godling introduces readers to a cast of beautifully drawn characters while building to a dramatic and moving conclusion.