An eccentric stranger wants to hire Edward Fudge for his bizarre project: He wants Fudge to investigate Hell. Edward Fudge is a small-town Bible-belt preacher. Son of a respected church leader known for his conservative views, Edward is confident that whatever the Bible really teaches is right. Trained in biblical languages and theology, he finds the project intriguing. He agrees to take it on, not knowing where it will lead. He dedicates a year of his life to a systematic study of Hell – and his life will never be the same again. As he immerses himself in research, other aspects of his life begin to crumble. Most importantly, some of his core beliefs about God, judgment, and eternity are shaken from their foundations. Ultimately, Fudge emerges as a defender of faith and Scripture, and a champion for God's love.