The theme of the story is the most controversial subject facing the human species today. Which is undeniably our own death.
The setting of the story is The Fellowes Institute, a renowned institute of healing located in a large city, which could exist anywhere in The United States. But for this novel, the setting is in a large southeastern city.
The Fellowes Institute is a sprawling complex founded by one remarkably brilliant and dedicated physician, Doctor Lyle Fellowes, who has realized his ultimate dream in the medical center he has single-handedly established and developed to address the most difficult medical problems, facing the human population of the world. In establishing his dream, Doctor Fellowes even went so far as to include a hospice to care for those patients whose condition has been determined even beyond the capabilities of his illustrious institution.
Four men, from very different backgrounds, represent the strongest characters. They have been thrown together by fate at The FELLOWS INSTITUTE because all other traditional methods of treatment have failed to extricate their terminal illnesses. While at The Fellowes Institute, they meet and become fast friends, and the novel essentially becomes their story.
These four men are not ordinary men, which they prove while playfully rollicking havoc on the entire medical staff and on each other. Moving merrily along, each of them develop certain traits, which are not at all congruent with their true character.
Even though the central theme of novel is a dark by nature, the story is definitely not. There is certainly sadness, but humor and love abounds, and both are created by the central characters, relieving the theme of death chosen as the back drop of the story. Hopefully, the reader, like the characters themselves, will understand the real theme of the story. Which is, we can face certain death without fear only after we have learned to unselfishly give ourselves to our fellow man.
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He was thankful to be alone. Once he had waited a few minutes to make sure no one would enter behind him, Saul moved to the front pew and sat down with his hands in his lap. Looking up over the altar, he fixed his stare on the only window in the chapel. A very intricate, stained-glass window depicting Psalms 23. He allowed the beautiful scenes to fill his mind, driving away all conscious thought. His eyes brimmed over with tears that were beginning to run down his cheeks in rivulets as he became aware of something for the first time. He desperately wanted to live.
After checking around in all directions and being satisfied that he was still alone, in a loud voice, Saul called, "Lord, it's me, your humble servant, Benjamin." Dropping his eyes to his clasped hands, he continued, "I came in here to plead for you to spare my life, because I told myself grandchildren needed me." Staring directly up at the altar, he confessed, "But now I'm here, I realize that was foolish. They don't need me. You've already given them Hillary and Steve. I can only guess you've spared me this long so I would learn that lesson for myself." Holding his hands out in front of him, palms up, he pleaded, "I have learned, Lord, and I've learned something else too. There are many other people who need me even more than I ever imagined they ever could. People like myself. People without hope who are dying." Sitting quietly with his head bowed for a time, as if the deity to whom he prayed might need the time to make a decision, Saul looked up again. In a hoarse, impassioned voice, he called again, "God of my fathers, should you decide to spare my life, I promise to take the time you give me and dedicate my life to helping the dying around me."