The 1930s were a decade of enormous uncertainty -- for the world, for America, and in particular for one lonely, struggling mother and her disabled son. When her husband leaves her for someone whose time isn't wrapped up in a silent, handicapped kid, Mary and little Jack are out on their own in a world that has no room for the poor and disabled -- especially not at a time when most Americans are simply trying to survive their economic woes and job losses. But then comes The Gift. Where has it come from, and why; How can a young boy who can neither hear nor speak provide comfort, direction, and sometimes challenges to seekers who learn of the special ability; Whatever the source, its presence brings a single shaft of light and hope to Mary and her beloved Jack. But will it be enough?