When a terrorist accidentally blows himself up in an East
Jerusalem hotel, rendering Tess McAdoo’s fiancé Yossi comatose, she finds
herself propelled into the world of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Fortunately, she is so preoccupied with finding the right sunblock that
most of the tragedies she witnesses do not cause lasting damage.
Yiphat, an Israeli human rights lawyer and Yossi’s sister, sends Tess to Hebron
to stay with the Reformed Anabaptist Peace Team, aka the RAPTors. There
she meets Unmerited Grace Yoder, known as Eugie (U.G.) Eugie, unlike
Tess, feels all that happens deeply. Her grim theology and disappointment
with relationships give her a subversive energy that feeds into her passion for
justice. She had been in love with Yossi prior to his meeting Tess, and,
unwilling to admit her jealousy and hurt, she begins projecting on to Tess the
same seraphic qualities most men who encounter Tess do.
Eugie and Tess provide dueling viewpoints of subsequent events, which include
the demolition of two Palestinian homes, the bombing of Ben Yehudah mall in
Jerusalem and an attack on the RAPT members by Israeli settlers.
Since the Israeli police wish to use the testimonies of the team members to
prosecute the settlers involved in the attack, Tess and Eugie are kidnapped by
a group of right-wing Israelis and Christian Zionists (who believe that all
Jews in the world must emigrate to Israel in order to precipitate the end
times.) Another settler, David Fogel, rescues the two women. Tess,
Eugie and Fogel are then snatched by 'Adel, a group of left-wing Palestinians
and anti-Zionist Israeli and American Jews.
The recently recovered Yossi, Tess’s fiancé, turns out to be
a member of this group and to have mobilized 'Adel to rescue Eugie and Tess.
When the Israeli military storms their hideout, Eugie sa