An English teacher in a community college develops a friendship with a famouslocal novelist who is inexplicably eager to introduce him to his exotic theoriesof the creative act. Coincidentally, the same teacher befriends an indigentwho is a favorite at the local library, and is involved in his own unique literarypursuits. And both he and the novelist prove to share a disconcerting similarity ofambitions. For the teacher has similar ambitions of his own. Enigmas proliferate,complexities ensue, and a grand mystery of a sort is afoot.