A beautiful and quiet little book. Father Latour is a missionary priest in the relatively unsettled Southwest.
Nothing much happens -- he travel around administering rites, meeting with rogue priests, generally tending their flock -- but interspersed are evocative descriptions of the landscape, interludes on his youth and his life in France, internal struggles with his solitude and loneliness, and reflections on his friendship with Father Vaillant, whom he met when the two were seminary students in Auvergne. Father Vaillant has accompanied him to Santa Fe; he is passionate and gregarious where Father Latour is quiet and thoughtful. Their friendship was just so lovely.
I really loved it.