BETWEEN WILL AND SURRENDER is a contemporary story of Silicon Valley resident Marjorie Veil, whose sense of reality frays when she begins hearing a voice when no one is there. Afraid that she’s losing her mind, she goes on a soul-searching journey to remote Carmel Valley. But she does not find the reprieve she desires.
Instead, she encounters Morgan Van Dyke, whose romantic interest in her is a distraction she can ill afford. She then meets an identical twin sister she didn’t know she had, another blow to her already fragile sense of self. And finally, she befriends a mute and orphaned Native American child, who gives her his most valued possession, a mouse totem, introducing her to the power of selfless love.
Between Will and Surrender takes the reader on a journey into the wilds of the Los Padres National Forest, home of the Esselen, one of the smallest Native American populations in California nearly exterminated as a result of Spanish Missions. Like the fires that blaze through the Los Padres National Forest, the voice in Marjorie Veil’s head burns the frameworks that imprison her, transforming them into blackened snags, a perfect habitat for the seeds of awareness buried deep inside her to burst into life.