American preacher Deane Omo flies into the Wellington mission of his family’s Charismatic church to heal the sick, and to bring his cousin Mayhew Quitman back into the fold. In a flat high above the city Kath and Martin play out the difficult early months of their relationship. And at the National Museum Frances Kirby, ailing and nearing┬áretirement, receives in the mail a black disc with mysterious properties.

Treasure is an audacious novel in which unlikely worlds collide. In settings as various as the Museum’s Beetle Room, a downtown funeral parlour, and the Christian settlement of White Steppes, North Carolina, Elizabeth Knox brings to sensuous life a group of hypnotically real characters, then draws them together in the White Steppes Bethesda’s big New Zealand production: The Miracle Healing Rally.