This is the story of a young widow who allows herself to become dispirited after the loss of her husband. A neighbor, Joan, had helped her when she first lost Daryl. But when Joan moved away, Anna never heard from her. Because of grief, she seems to be in a perpetual state of lethargy.
When a new neighbor, Katie, moves into Joan's old house, Anna is hesitant to befriend her. The constant foreboding about that house has Anna in its grip. Why did such a lovely house sell every five years or so? All the wives became her friend, moved away, and she never heard from them again.
Through varied situations and circumstances, Anna, Katie, and Pastor Beaumont find themselves in England to meet Joan's uncle, who is Lord Radcliffe, the Earl of Cranston. After he confesses a secret, he has Scotland Yard track down Joan, and a bizarre turn of events is uncovered.
The Shrines of Manitoba is a story exposing that evil exists, but God will turn the evil into good for those who have faith in him. It is not that the evil will be turned into good, but that God will use the situation for good in the lives of those who love him.