1. Moira’s story about her strange experience on the rainy road is dismissed by everyone—yet she feels compelled to investigate because the image of the woman’s terrified eyes is burned in her memory. In Moira’s place, what would you have done after that night? Why?
2. Cal was never able to pin the blame for his wife’s death on the perpetrator, and he continues to feel guilt over her death. Do you think his self-recrimination is warranted? Why or why not? Have you ever made a decision you later felt guilty about, because of the consequences? How did that change you?
3. Moira is smart, savvy, and talented . . . yet she was duped by her fiancé. What are some reasons she might have failed to notice clues about his real character? Have you ever been betrayed? How did you feel about that—and what did you learn?
4. Ken Blaine has everything going for him—but he makes choices that ruin his life. Do you think his experience with his father is the reason he became so misguided? Based on the flashback scene, what is your impression of the elder Blaineand his relationship with his son? Point to specific things in that scene that helped form your impression.
5. Ellen Blaine has given up on a marriage that appears to have been satisfying at one time—yet she remains in the relationship because it’s convenient and gives her the material things she wants. Do you know of anyone who’s in a marriage that’s less than ideal? Why do some marriages lose their luster? What are some ways spouses can keep a marriage vibrant and healthy?
6. Had Ellen Blaine intervened when her husband began to exhibit signs of problems, do you think his outcome might have been different? What might she have done to try and help him?
7. Blaine rationalizes the actions he takes with older patients, using many of the arguments employed by those who favor euthanasia. What do you think about those arguments? How might you counter them? What does the Bible teach on this subject?