Can you imagine receiving e-mails from a different planet? Welcome to "The Chest of Visions" by Tim Ferguson where e-mail messages are shared between youth on Earth and young people residing in the parallel universe's world of Caperston.
Through a fast paced story we learn about Mattpaul and his challenges in Caperston, a planet smaller than our own. We also meet Alex, a teenager from Earth, who is struggling with justice and fairness.
The age old question: why does God allow bad things to happen to good people is answered in "The Chest of Visions", allowing Alex to escape the anger that developed over the death of his best friend.
As Alex expresses his loss of faith, he learns that Caperston is separated into two communities, the Valley People, privileged and self absorbed, and the Mountain People, talented but always struggling to survive.
Mattpaul gives Alex encouragement but shares the difficult choice he has to make: follow the newly emerged prophet, Chihaysu, or stay in the comfortable world provided for him by his influential father.
Chihaysu, the prophet, also has choices to make. To whom does he share his source of inspiration?
The miracle of the actual chest of visions provides hope for Caperston's future. Will Mattpaul and his friends cling to this hope? Will the division between the Mountain people and the Valley people be broken down?