After a young child in her parish is murdered, Rev. Elsa Montgomery has a crisis of faith. Fleeing her church in Seattle and returning to the poor community in Colorado where she grew up, she finds purpose by making meals for the poor in the soup kitchen of her best friend's church. With the help of a recovered alcoholic and the community they take over a rubbish strewn vacant lot and create a garden. But gang violence is a constant threat. The Garden of Happy Endings is an unconventionally spiritual book about loss, grief and healing. It somehow manages to broach these issues without ever being too preachy or offering up pat answers.