I dream'd in a dream a city invincible
to the attacks of the whole rest of the earth.
-- Walt Whitman, Camden, 1891
Twenty-four years have passed since Father Michael Doyle first came to serve the people of Camden, N.J., yet this Irish pastor still cannot bear returning to his adopted home in daylight. One would think a quarter-century would be time enough to harden even a priest to the visual brutality of a city so broken that its people, like many of its buildings, have buckled and collapsed. But each time he goes away, Doyle finds he must slip back...