Francis was born in 1567 in Savoy, a duchy of the western Alps where military and political conflicts were complicated by religious tensions between Catholics and Protestants. His aristicratic father had great ambitions for his son’s career. He sent Francis to law school, maneuvered for his appointment as a senator, and chose a noble heiress as his future wife. But God had other plans. This engaging biographical novel tells how Francis overcame family opposition to his vocation, risked his life to win thousands back to the Catholic faith, transformed the Diocese of Geneva as its bishop, and wrote the spiritual classics that earned him the title Doctor of the Church. Paper.