‘Ilyusha’ By N.D. Wolk

In revolution-torn Russia, novice monk Ilyusha discovers unusual healing powers which draw on the energies of people around him. He leaves his monastery to become a healer. But his former seminary friend turned big Party boss, Kolya, wants to jail Ilyusha and use his gift to increase his political power. Ilyusha flees from Kolya to America. He settles among Utah Mormons and marries a local girl, Zima. Soon he discovers that he’s lost his magical powers. He suspects that they only work around his former countrymen. Ilyusha learns that Kolya took hostage Lyubanya, a girl he once loved and still can’t forget. He decides to return to Russia and give himself in to his former friend to save the girl. His powers continue to fail him at home. He realizes that they must have been changed by his decade-long stay in US. Kolya threatens to kill both him and Lyubanya if Ilyusha doesn’t fix his magic. Meanwhile, Zima travels to Russia to free her husband. She finds herself in grave danger after confronting Kolya. Now Ilyusha must find a way to make his powers work to save the two women he can’t choose between and to make good on his healer’s calling—even if at the cost of his own life.

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