Light of the World
The year is 2024. Frank Venture is a visionary astronomer working in a secretive interdisciplinary research complex in northern Arizona. During his remarkable career he has established world-wide fame for his revolutionary theories about light as well as his colorful and uncompromising religious skepticism. Riding the crest of his accomplishments and reputation, Venture designs a project designed to re-map the universe using new technology. Instead, he stumbles upon a bizarre phenomenon that could unravel everything he believes about the natural and supernatural world. For what Venture discovers is light bent in space and returning to Earth two thousand years later. In fact, his project is observing the last days of Jesus Christ. As Venture and his telescopes track and analyze the enigmatic signal, they are hindered by a plasma cloud that intermittently blocks their vision and threatens to thwart Venture in what he believes will be his finest hour-providing clear evidence that Jesus never rose from the dead and that the basis for Christianity is false. Standing on the verge of a revelation that one way or another will culminate in a shattering disclosure to humanity, Venture calls on his estranged friend, pastor Paul Gladstone, and his wife Clara. Gladstone does not know how to respond to Venture's discovery and finds his own faith tested. He hopes the signal from the stars will draw his friend to God. However, Venture has other intentions-he longs to prove that the resurrection was a myth. But will the signal survive long enough for a resolution? Together, a cluster of Venture's colleagues and friends join in a strenuous race to make sense of the story unfolding in the heavens, and what they see-and do not see-challenges everyone to rethink the relationship between faith and sight.