The pope has died and the cardinals assemble in the Vatican to elect a new one. Italian catholic bureaucracy is powerful in the church, and two of the most powerful cardinals decide that it would be good that during these fearsome times (the story takes place during the cold war), a priest from outside Italy would become pope.
The ideal candidate seems to be Kiril Lakota, born in the Ukraine, and imprisoned and tortured for seventeen years--for his faith. Kiril's torturer Kamenev, as the Soviet leader now one of the two most powerful people on earth, is the one who helped him escape.
Yet there is a risk involved: will a priest who has been away from his office for so long, be able to be a good pope?
Original title: The Shoes of the Fisherman
Genre: Fiction→ Religious→ Christianity
Fiction→ General Fiction