The Story of B acts as a halfway point between the novels Ishmael and My Ishmael, also by Daniel Quinn.
While referring to (but not based upon) the gorilla Ishmael, Quinn's novel takes readers alongside Jared Osborne, a Laurentian priest.
Jared is sent by his superiors to Europe to investigate an itinerant preacher who has been stirring up trouble.
The preacher is known to his followers as "B", but his enemies say he's the "Antichrist".
Pressed for a judgment, Osborne is driven to penetrate B's inner circle where he soon finds himself an anguished collaborator in the dismantling of his own religious foundations.