In 1899 William McQuiggan leaves his young Australian wife and new-born twins in New Zealand and travels to America in search of God. Belief his story of his journey and his marriage to Myra, who follows him from Auckland to Salt Lake City, Utah and Zion City, Illinois. With each leg of the journey the family grows until William is the reluctant father of six, and Myra's understanding of her husband deepens and matures. Belief is a vivid evocation of a way of life that has passed, a tale told on a grand scale: the story spans seventeen years, three countries and three religions. More than that, it is the story of how love and patience may triumph over violence and despair.