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Story takes place in modern day Chicago, Illinois.
Adam Lucius Evans had a troubling birth, a hidden childhood, a challenging life, and he faces a nightmare of a future. Father Harris and Sister Elizabeth see him as a disfigured angel. Others see him as a demon. Luke becomes a friend to the hungry and the homeless of Chicago. He will answer the call when his city needs a champion. He will fall in love, but his deformities will prevent him from expressing his feelings. The young monk has the singing voice of an angel, yet he must stay hidden beneath hooded tunics. He was born with Hurler’s Syndrome, also known as gargoylism. But something unimaginable will enter his life unexpectedly. A deadly darkness will inhabit Luke’s consciousness. Deep within the inner abode of young Luke’s mind a vicious beast will manifest itself. It is an ancient creature and extremely clever. Believed to have first appeared in old Romania, they were given the name of gargoyle. The origin of these creatures is wrapped in mystery and shrouded by deception. The truth is perhaps lost in history forever. Luke’s physical appearance was bad enough without this entity’s strange presence. When he allows it to take control of his body Luke transforms into a brutal monster. However, Luke feels that he truly needs this terrifying inner beast if he is to survive the dark streets of Chicago’s River District. Yet, he can’t help but wonder, will this strange symbiote be his salvation or will it become his eternal damnation?
from within your soul arise.”