Based on Tolstoy’s short story “Where Love Is,” The Visitor tells the story of a cobbler named Martin and his struggle with personal tragedy.
A good husband and devoted father, Martin loses his wife and son in a tragic automobile crash. The loss leaves him withdrawn and bitter, and even though he is a Christian, he feels that God has abandoned him.
Everyone Martin encounters is dragged down by his troubled spirit. However, one day, totally unexpectedly, a friend from Martin’s past helps fan the last flickering spark of faith and assures Martin that an important visitor is coming to see him. Martin thinks this visitor coming will be the Lord. He begins to find renewed strength and faith from the Scriptures. He begins to grow and reach out to others.
He waits expectantly and visitors do come, but not as Martin had imagined. Ordinary, everyday people become the channels of God’s grace and are used by the Spirit to restore to Martin a new joy, hope, and purpose in life.