Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam–for the greater glory of God. The motto of the Society of Jesus, the Jesuits. That is the subtitle of Roothaan’s Dream. Superior General Roothaan, a real person, had a dream of recreating the missions in South America two centuries before. In the novel Father Charles Benet is one of the Jesuits chosen by Roothaan to create missions in the American northwest. The novel is about that but it is more than. It is also a story of the son of an Irish immigrant surveyor whose journey through life coincides with and is affected by the Jesuit efforts to bring Christianity to the northwest Indian tribes. Captain Sean Quinn’s story goes beyond this relationship to encompass his earlier military career in Florida and Mexico, his struggles as an Irish Catholic and the courtship of the beautiful Francesca Obredo.