Sam Hill always saw the world through different eyes. Born with red pupils, he was called â€œDevil Boyâ€ or Sam â€œHellâ€ by his classmates; â€œGodâ€™s willâ€ is what his mother called his ocular albinism. Her words were of little comfort, but Sam persevered, buoyed by his motherâ€™s devout faith, his fatherâ€™s practical wisdom, and his two other misfit friends. Sam believed it was God who sent Ernie Cantwell, the only African American kid in his class, to be the friend he so desperately needed. And that it was Godâ€™s idea for Mickie Kennedy to storm into Our Lady of Mercy like a tornado, uprooting every rule Sam had been taught about boys and girls. Forty years later, Sam, a small-town eye doctor, is no longer certain anything was by designâ€”especially not the tragedy that caused him to turn his back on his friends, his hometown, and the life heâ€™d always known. Running from the pain, eyes closed, served little purpose. Now, as he looks back on his life, Sam embarks on a journey that will take him halfway around the world. This time, his eyes are wide openâ€”bringing into clear view what changed him, defined him, and made him so afraid, until he can finally see what truly matters.
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