While working at the post office, Monica meets Max, who is responsible for handling "dead" letters addressed to Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, and God. A Holocaust survivor, Max answers children's letters to God by telling them there is no God and not to place their faith in a fantasy. One little girl, Tanya Brenner, continues sending letters to God, even though Max only answered the first one and ignored the rest. Andrew, who has met the child, and Monica entice Tess ask God if they can read the letters. After receiving permission, they learn that Tanya's father is very ill and that his girlfriend, Sandy has been abusing the girl. Monica is outraged and wants to help out, but Tess reminds her that Max, not Tanya is her assignment. Taking matters into her own hands, Monica arranges Max to see a drunken Sandy hit the girl. Following this encounter, Max follows her homw, where her dying father beseeches the postal worker to find Tanya a new home. Shaken, Max runs away. When he doesn't show up for work the next day, Monica goes to visit him. Tanya has disappeared and Max is wracked with guilt. The angel reveals herself and gently persuades him to do something. He decides to look for the girl, finding her at her late father's apartment. While treating Tanya to a meal, Max is spotted by policeman and arrested for suspicion of kidnapping. Monica visits a despondent Max in jail, informing him that men, not God were responsible for the Holocaust. When Andrew emerges on the scene, Max remembers seeing him at the Auschwitz barracks in 1944. The angel of death reminds Max of his father's faith, revealing that he died on his feet praising God and asking him to walk with his son. Overcome by memories, the postal worker weeps. Meanwhile, Tess persuades the diner owner to tell the police that Max did not abduct Tanya but was trying to help her. Once that matter is cleared up, Max applies to be her foster father, so the two of them can become a family. As Monica, Tess and Andrew watch unseen, Max opens a mysterious package that contains a pair of children's shoes, him own, with the carved iniscription "Lieber Gott," German for "Dear God."moreless
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