6. Sleeping Beauty, Shining Knight.
Foremost among these mysteries is a gorgeous but tragic Sleeping
Beauty named Marian Charlesa librarian, a young war widow who is
living on autopilot amid the utter shock and sudden destruction of her life.
Marian was a happy newly-wed a few years ago, when her young husband
Tommy went off to war, never to return. Now she is the Sleeping Beauty in her
own stories for small children at the libraryand Rick will be her
Shining Knight, though he will need some time to find his way there.
The male leadRick Moyer, also a veteran but alive and intactis
a hard-working young millionaire with a rocky past (a messy divorce and some
oppressive family matters needing resolution) and a brilliant future.
Marian (the Librarian) is chief story teller at the Free Public
Library in tiny Emery, Connecticut.
She spends time each day with K-1 children from the grammar school nearby,
reading them stories. Marian is a Sleeping Beauty from her own stories, in her
quiet little town in the woods. As we will see in a moment, she realizes the
depth of her loss and predicament, but has no idea how to grasp it, much less
do something to help herself. So she remains on autopilot.