'Higher Calling' introduces a world of juxtaposed similarity. Septer's town of Dystopia, OH, is the American Midwest, and its inhabitants experience the woeful tedium of Midwestern life to its fullest. At its core a story of love, loss, and heartache heavily peppered with illicit substance use, 'Higher Calling' gives the reader a taste of the underbelly sensibilities of Midwestern existence in a dialogue-driven conversational tone; Septer doesn't introduce his characters, they invite the reader to sit down, smoke up, and become acquainted. Their journey is life, as is their folly. The reader will question, alongside the characters, the true meaning of purpose. As a whole, 'Higher Calling' questions not only life but also the way in which one may choose to live it.