A man is in the hospital with cancer. He meets a 5-year-old who also has cancer. He notices an emissary of the Grim Reaper hanging around. He reflects on his past. He also confronts the emissary who denies she has come for him. He realizes who she is after and offers to take the child's place but the emissary is not there for a death for a death but rather a life for a life.
This is an odd book. It's short and a quick read but makes you question how far would you go for someone else? I like the explanation she gives about the difference between a death for a death and a life for a life. I think about this at odd times. How far would I go?