THE EUCHARIST is the story of Michael, a headstrong young Anglican priest facing the timeless challenge of privilege and exploitation. The sub-plot is a love story between Michael and Jenny — who is not only as headstrong as Michael, but also the iconoclastic daughter of the town’s leading exploiter, bank manager Wilbur Spencer.
Michael’s goal is to make his new church – actually an old building with a long-established and aging congregation – more relevant to the community. Wilbur Spencer sees the cathedral as another resource to exploit, while Jenny finds everyone – her father, the church, Michael and most of the people in town – hopelessly mired in old ways that thwart true spiritual development.
Michael uncovers a scheme by Wilbur to tear down the cathedral and build a shopping mall in its place. In his struggle to short-circuit the plan, Michael finds unexpected allies in the persons of Jenny’s mother and twin spinster aunts, who draw on the subtle power of women to bring the business community to its knees, and to restore the balance of community values.
In the end, will Michael get what he wants – a restored church and programs for young people? Or will the cathedral and the deeper values it represents fall to the wreckers’ hammers? A series of events lead to an outcome that is miraculous and unexpected—almost as surprising as what happens to the relationship between the priest and the bank manager’s daughter.