The Secret Lives of Sarah Hausman is a tale of high hope and dreams gone sour, of love found and love lost.
Who among us has not wondered why some are born into lives of good health and luxury, while others begin and end their lives in poverty and adversity? This enigma is explored through the life of seventeen-year-old Sarah Hausman. Born in 1898 in Plymouth, Indiana, she meets and falls in love with Ralph O'Reilly, the older brother of one of her high school classmates. They have a brief love affair, which leaves her unwed and pregnant when Ralph leaves to join the Army. Sarah follows him to California only to discover he is already engaged to someone else.
Following the loss of her baby, Sarah heads to Los Angeles where she is hired by Mack Sennett of Keystone Studios. A short-lived movie career ensues, but her tragedy haunts her when her husband is gunned down by mobsters. A series of dreams lead Sarah back in time and she eventually learns that she and Ralph have shared at least four previous incarnations. She’s whisked away to Ancient Egypt then catapulted forward 300 years into ancient Rome, from there she revisits her life as a Scottish maid in the Middle Ages, and finally encounters their life together as Mandan Indians in the early 1800’s.
When Sarah’s life is over, she’s offered a final opportunity to build and strengthen her character before her final chapter in the Book of Life comes to a close. She accepts the challenges set before her and is reborn as Judith Ann. But this time she’s returning to earth with a mission. Sarah, now Judith Ann, must rescue the soul of her former husband, Marcus Agrippa, whom she deeply loved in their earlier life in Ancient Rome. Everything is up for grabs and the stakes are high. Whatever she gains, or loses, in this, her final time on earth, will be what she takes with her into eternity.