The surprising story of Anthony of Padua unfolds in the epic setting of thirteenth-century Europe. The son of a knight in the court of Portugal’s king, Anthony seems destined to take his designated place at court. Instead, he renounces wealth, power and status to become a penniless Franciscan friar. He fails in his quest for martyrdom in North Africa, but Providence redirects him to Italy and France, where his extraordinary gifts and heroic passion for God blaze a path to the spiritual rescue of countless souls. This biographical novel paints a rich portrait of an astonishing saint who shook the world as a phenomenal preacher, reformer, miracle worker, champion of the poor and Doctor of the Church. Paper.