Overview (Masterplots II: Christian Literature)
Catherine Palmer tells the story of A Dangerous Silence through four point-of-view characters. At the beginning of the novel, Ed Morgan is working alone on his Kansas farm when he has a disabling accident. His daughter, Dr. Marah Morgan, is working on the staff of a pediatric clinic in St. Louis at the time. Dr. Milton Gregory closes his remote Wyoming laboratory and announces that he and a few associates will be relocating to Kansas. Finally, Judd Hunter is wrapping up a case for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in which he infiltrated a group conspiring to use fertilizer to blow up government buildings.
After losing two burn patients under mysterious circumstances, Marah agrees to her father’s demand to come home and take over the farm. Her mother has been dead for many years, and her three sisters live even farther from Kansas than she does. She has no brothers, for which Ed blamed her mother and punished his daughters by withholding his love. Marah has no intention of moving home permanently, however. She plans to get Ed admitted to a retirement community and sell the farm. Although she is a devout Christian, she observes the letter, but not the spirit, of the commandment “Honor thy father.”
Gregory and two of his associates arrive at the farm and pose as archaeologists for the Bureau of Indian Affairs. In exchange for doing some work around the farm, they get permission to live in Ed’s bunkhouse while they...
(The entire section is 855 words.)
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