The old beast is up to something out of character here.
Gabriel appears autistic because he hears a voice. The voice is real, but it
is a supernatural presence. This voice gives him a power that he can transfer
by touch. Gabriel does not trust this presence, though he finds that the
wonder of what he is experiencing is far too great for him to resist.
Gabriel’s “autism” is really a defense against the weight of the power that
has engulfed his heart, mind and soul, from the very beginning. He has no
memory of his parents and in actuality, the voice, which causes him so much
distress, is the only reality he has ever known. Living in an orphanage in
Austin, Texas, all of his life, the voice has shown him more attention and
love than any other person.
He befriends one other special young person in that orphanage, Joshua Fellows.
Joshua also has experienced little love in his short life. The bond between
these two young boys is the beginning of an amazing journey
Together, they find the strength to take the gift,
and to use it for good. They will ultimately discover that the presence is not
at all who they expected.