The Book Of Mercy : Edmund Mueller is a retired fireman haunted by the memories of his wife Fanny and her disappearance. Isolated from his children who are caught up in their own lives, Edmund becomes fascinated with alchemy, the works of Paracelsus and Hermes Trismegistus and the search for the Elixir of Life which will give him the ability, so he believes, of turning base metals into gold. Searching for the root of Edmund's new obsession, his daughter Anne and Edmund's resident assistant uncover a harrowing mystery in Kathleen Cambor's The Book of Mercy. Running parallel to the main narrative is Anne's story of her abandonment as a baby and her relentless lifelong pursuit of love. Through self-examination - and an education in psychiatry - she learns that, much like her father's, her life has been a perpetual search for magic.