Faith performs a few other miracles, including healing a baby with AIDS and showing what appear to be stigmata. Colin, hearing of the commotion surrounding his daughter, sues Mariah for custody of Faith. Mariah and Faith flee to Kansas City, where they are confronted by Ian, who is visiting his autistic brother, Michael. Mariah and Faith end up staying with Ian, who promises Mariah that he will not betray them and that he will provide them with accommodation. After a confrontation with Faith trying to "heal" Michael, Ian becomes enraged. However, Mariah and Ian appear to have fallen in love. After hearing from Millie that Colin is suing her, Mariah takes Faith back home. Meanwhile, Faith is admitted to the hospital again and her mother is prevented from seeing her by the court. At this point, Faith's symptoms begin to worsen, eventually leaving her near death. Upon being reunited with her mother her health increases drastically, and in the end, Mariah is awarded custody. The holes that appeared in Faith's hands disappear, and her "Guard" vanishes. Mariah and Ian begin a romantic relationship, and they and Faith eventually live together as a family. At the end of the novel, it remains unclear whether the "Guard" is really gone forever, or is still with Faith.