The Touch Author:F.Paul Wilson Suddenly, he could work miracles. — After a dozen years of practicing medicine as a family physician, Dr. Alan Bulmer discovers one day that he can cure any illness with the mere touch of his hand. At first his scientific nature refuses to accept what is happening to him: he seraches for a rational explanation. But there is none tobe found. And ... more »so Alan gives himself over to thismysterious power, reveling in the ability for one hour each day to cure the incurable, to give hope to the hopeless.
But there is a price to be paid and a balance to be struck.
Although he has tried to hide his power, word inevitable leaks out, and soon Alan's life begins to unravel. His marriage and his practice crumble. One by one, his family, his fellow physicians, even the press turn against him.
Only rich, beautiful, enigmatic Sylvia Nash stands by him. And with her, Ba, her Vietnamese gardener who once witnessed a power such as Dr. Bulmer's in his homeland, where it is call Dat-tay-vao. He has heard tales of the price extracted by the Dat-tay-vao.
Then help arrives from an unexpected quarter- Senator James McCready offers the use of his family's medical foundation to investigate Alan's supposed power. If it truly exists, he will back Alan with the full weight of the Foundation's internation reputation.
Feeling that he has reached bottom and that things can only get better, Alan accepts McCready's offer.