A passenger in her husband Joe's new sports car, Edna Mae Macaulay barely survives after the car careens off a California cliff, that accident which took Joe's life. Now a paraplegic, Edna, who briefly died during that incident, is invited back to live with her estranged father, John Harper, in her rural Kansas hometown where most of her extended family still lives. An incident involving a young relative with a nosebleed makes Edna's grandmother Pearl believe that Edna's near death experience may have given her the power to heal. Indeed, Edna is able to recover fully from her own injuries. She becomes a minor celebrity, healing whoever she can, which is about 70% of those she attempts. She doesn't really need to know why she has received these powers, although many others do. Some want to know the scientific reason for her powers. Others don't want her help believing it is the work of the devil. And others, like Cal Carpenter, a man with who she begins a relationship, ultimately believes she is the resurrection of Christ. That belief by Cal, who was healed himself from a potentially life threatening injury by Edna, may take their relationship to an incompatible and potentially deadly state.