When a young, adventurous Caleb Lewis accidentally stumbles upon his mother having a passionate affair with a frightening stranger, Caleb does what any young child would do—he hides. From his closet vantage point, he sees things his young mind cannot understand. The images burned onto his eyes leave lasting scars that send Caleb careening down a destructive path of drugs, sex, addiction, and even death.
Caleb is a cool, calculating schemer, but the one thing that always sets him off is his mother’s talk of God—as far as Caleb is concerned, God is worthless. And even though Caleb’s mother Lillie is a Christian, her choice to have an affair destroys her family. Coldhearted though he is, Caleb’s choices haunt him, terrorizing him when he least expects it. He vows to change his ways in order to escape his guilt and nightmares, though the whole world—or at least the people around him who think he’s a monster—seems to be against him.
Caleb’s incredible sports skills are the only thing about which positive rumors circulate. Nationally-renowned CAU, a university in Los Angeles, recruits Caleb for their powerhouse football team as a quarterback, and he gladly accepts, welcoming the chance to leave his hometown of Enapay, Oklahoma and start a new life—he swears to change his ways. But temptation is strong when Caleb discovers CAU’s web of lies orchestrated by the gorgeous Anni Vohem, vice president of football operations. She’s been skirting the NCAA by embezzling CAU profits and storing it all in a safe locked away in her private office. If Caleb wants a piece of that money (and he definitely does), he’ll have to get close to Anni—downright seducing her.
Like the girls from his past, Anni finds herself swept into Caleb’s manipulative schemes, under constant threat of blackmail. Struggling to balance his role as QB for the #1 team in the nation, his schemes to rob Anni of her safe’s millions, and his budding love for a Christian woman named Beth Owens, Caleb slips up and has to watch his life fall to shambles around him.
Caleb turns his shame for himself to rage at God, about whom Beth has been nothing if not encouraging. How could God rob Caleb of his family? His happiness? And now that Caleb has killed and destroyed so much, how could anyone, let alone a holy God, forgive him? Caleb is facing the struggle of his life, both on the field and off. His opponents are tough, aiming not just to win but to knock him out of the game (permanently), and his own inner demons plague him with nightmares of his mother’s murder and trap him in a cycle of destruction he feels powerless to stop. However, with the constant, unwavering support of Beth, Caleb begins to consider the possibility of hope—a Christian hope.
Join Caleb on his journey to discover who he is and how he must live in light of his past. How could Caleb trust a God who couldn’t keep his family together? And amid the tangle of lies surrounding CAU football and his own twisted schemes, can Caleb truly change his ways and face his demons—and even death itself—head-on?
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