|Downtown Public Library, Muncie, Indiana|
It begins, as so many happy moments of my life have begun, in a fine old Carnegie Library. Sharon Hall, mentioned in Comfort and Joy as Sid Meade's former squeeze, is the evening librarian in Oakville's Downtown Public Library. Policeman Jack Kennett has taken to dropping by on his break to visit.
Sharon is definitely attracted to him--and her biological clock is ticking--but she wishes he were not so judgmental about the little group of well-behaved homeless people who hang out in the library on winter evenings. She wants a warm-hearted man in her dream of home and family.
Meanwhile, Jack isn't Sharon's only suitor. A pale, lank-haired young man who lives in a fantasy world inspired by anime comics, and rejects his birth name Kyle Higgins in favor of his Night Elf name Ydrelion Owlblade. He brings Sharon gifts from the Pagan Festival and writes poetry in her honor. But as he slides farther and further into fantasy, his attentions start to creep Sharon out....
Officer Jack Kennett sees Sharon's homeless buddies as a potential source of trouble... But he could be very wrong.