Elsa, a young school teacher, lives in the latter nineteenth century, and Ginny, a young high-school student lives in the twenty-first. How could they know each other?
Enveloped by the social and moral structure of their times, Elsa's in a state of flux and Ginny's flowing within a state of conflicted conservative and progressive idealism, both women find themselves having to make monumental decisions that threaten. Elsa's decision threatens not only her marriage should her husband find out, but also her life. Ginny's decision could possibly threaten her life, but certainly will threaten her relationships with her boyfriend, her father, and her mother. On top of threatening Ginny's relationships, her decision will also affect any future life choices. Can they ignore making a choice? They can, but doing so would also be a choice, so choose they must.
The choices of the two girls lead to the climax of the story or stories, since, as you can see, the two women are separated in time by almost two centuries. But what leads up to their critical decisions? For Elsa, it is her introduction and interaction with new friends and ideas. Being in a social class occupied by professionals in New York City in the latter half of the nineteenth century, she is inundated with the intellectual thought of her friends and newspaper editorials surrounding such issues as slavery, women's rights, and the new Spiritualism that had made a strong impression not only in Europe but also the United States. It is when her husband faces an unfortunate and devastating accident that Elsa's fate changes and her decision arises. For Ginny, her challenges started much earlier in her life, as she was a middle-child with a different learning style than most. Her struggles with learning led to conflict with her father who also had educational issues which had been left unresolved. When her mother stands up for her and offers novel ways for her to succeed, she begins to thrive, only to stumble in her studies again on the leaving of her supportive brother to college. She finds new study support with her boyfriend, but she finds more than that. Their deepening interest in each other coupled with some seduction by an outside party soon lead to Ginny's dilemma and her difficult decision as she risks possibly more anger from her father and possibly a loss of the special bond that exists with her mother.
Not withstanding, they each end up making their fateful decisions. Elsa - Oh, what if anything will happen to her as a result? And Ginny, too - What will be the consequences of her decision. Will everything turn out as in a fairy tale or will there be some unintended consequences?