Sea Level, set in a remote area of the Delmarva Peninsula in 1980, is the story of Brigid Peterson, the first woman minister in the town of Sand Hill. At a time when women’s roles are shifting and women are beginning to enter the clergy, Brigid’s idealism and emerging feminism begin to disrupt the church. Brigid befriends Mary Bradley, an artist who has fallen hopelessly in love with an elusive carpenter. Impressed by Mary’s love of nature and belief in the goddess, she preaches about the female side of God, but then the church is plunged into turmoil and divides into bitter factions over her.
Sea Level is a story about ordinary small town life, the mystical landscape of the Delmarva Peninsula, and the passions that erupt over conflicts of belief.