John, the apostle, seemed to have some advantages the other eleven did not. For one, he was probably Jesus' cousin-in the flesh, that is. His mother, Salome, was probably the same Salome identified as Mary's sister. Second, John seemed to have an inroad into the Jewish high priests' compound. Did he know someone? In The Light, John's advantage is his friendship with High Priest Caiaphas's younger son, Amos Annas, the narrator of this novel. Amos, a Sadducee in good standing, spends a lifetime puzzling over events his brain says cannot be what they appear, while his best friend and his eyes say something quite different.