Veil of Fire
The first section of this novel follows what happens to a handful of residents during a firestorm of 1894 that destroyed six towns and 400 square miles. The fire is totally historical. Hinckley, Minnesota, survives as a tourist town and commemorates the fire with a museum. Existing memorial writings are a rich source, and the author draws upon these to relate very realistic details not for the fainthearted or the arson-phobic.
Part of the legend surrounding this fire is a mysterious personage, scarred beyond recognition, who appeared like a phantom to townspeople following the fire. The survivors and the mystery figure form the basis for this Christian novel of redemption as they rebuild the town and their lives. The fire is not retribution or punishment, but the matrix for their spiritual growth.