In 1980, Brigid Peterson becomes the first woman minister of a church in an isolated town on the coast of Virginia. But this is a time of upheaval around the roles of women, and soon some of her parishioners become hostile toward her. When Mary Bradley, an artist who believes in the goddess, returns to her hometown and falls in love with an elusive carpenter, Brigid finds in her a kindred spirit. But when the church divides into bitter conflict over Brigid and Mary is confronted with a bitter truth about her lover, they are both knocked off balance and have to dive deeper into their own spiritual lives to find a way through.
Sea Level, set in the mystical landscape of the Delmarva Peninsula, is a story about small town life and the passions that erupt when differing beliefs collide.