Chicago. 1930. Isabeau Dumont arrives in the United States in the opening year of the Great Depression fresh off her success as a glamorous Parisian fan dancer in Maurice Chevalier’s famous review. Amid the gangsters and bootleg booze of the 1930s, Isabeau raises her daughter in the world of burlesque.
Young Arella survives the rough and tumble streets of Chicago only to die in the Great Smog of London in 1952. Waking up in a celestial waiting room, Arella discovers she’s been recruited as a fledgling angel in the heavenly host.
Now, after a 65-year-apprenticeship, she’s gotten her big break — a promotion to the Department of Lost Souls. Given her affinity for strays, from cats to people, Arella seems like a natural, but then she’s handed her first assignment.
Workers in San Francisco have unearthed the body of a child, dead since the 1780s, perfectly preserved in a sealed casket, apparently left behind when a massive cemetery was relocated for land development purposes. Through the receptacle’s glass panes the child appears perfect, thick blonde curls resting peacefully on the collar of her hand-stitched white dress.
The man who found her believes he has witnessed a miracle - one with chilling significance in light of his own sins. An agency charged with burying, and if possible, identifying lost children has taken custody of the child the papers christened Grace. But one man can't stay away from the mysterious little girl, believing his fate is entwined with hers.
Arella’s job? Help the human authorities identify the child while guiding a lost soul through his personal crisis of faith. Can she show him that the most transformative experiences come from within?
Join Arella Dumont on her first assignment for the Department of Lost Souls as she quickly discovers an angel’s work is never done.