At the close of book one, Judd, Vicki, Lionel, and Ryan met up at New Hope Village Church and got the Good News from now-humbled pastor Bruce Barnes (who, despite his degree from Bible college, got left behind after the Rapture for failing to receive Christ, just like the kids). Lionel, nixed by the Messiah on a technicality in book one, jumps at the chance to join the winning team, but the other kids are too angry and confused after watching their world get turned upside down. Book two follows their search for truth as they piece together the wreckage of the Rapture in each of their lives, knowing full well that the end of the world isn’t far off–just seven years, according to Bruce, once Israel signs a treaty with the Antichrist. By the book’s end, two more Left Behind kids wise up, but one holds out, still too scared and mad to sign on.
Author: Jerry Jenkins, Tim LaHaye