Nocturne: The Summary
It’s the dawning of the Age of Aquarius, but not for seventeen-year-old outsider, Elizabeth Cory. Closing her eyes to the modern world, she buries herself in fantasy novels and the music of another era to escape her pain. When she’s taken in by an eccentric family whose turreted home sits on the edge of an ancient forest, she thinks she’s finally found refuge. But in her search for love and a doorway to a peaceful, magical world, she’ll find that not every Prince Charming leads to happily ever after, not every wolf is big or bad, and when you try to live in a fairy tale, the only magical doorways lead to real life.
Book I: The Society of Unicorns & Other Exotic Goats
It’s the dawning of the Age of Aquarius, but not for seventeen-year-old outsider, Elizabeth Cory. All she wants is a fairy tale refuge from the war and strife of the ugly outside world. But when she’s expelled from her sheltered Arizona boarding school, she finds herself facing the real world a little too soon, forced into a distant foster home until she reaches eighteen.
To her amazement, when she arrives at her new home in the Catskill Mountains of New York, Elizabeth doesn’t find a harsh modern world; she seems to have found the fairy tale world of her dreams – a kind, if eccentric, foster family, a turreted mansion where the sofas have names, and, best of all, a deep forest whose “magic” brings her a new best friend, the local Prince Charming, Robin Bastle. He strives to transform her from damsel to dragon, teaching her to fight, climb trees, and and become a ferocious tomboy companion.
Unfortunately, her new world also brings trouble in the form of accidental betrayals, a cruel lover, and hostility from James – her foster brother and Robin’s best friend.
Book II: Nocturne
The second book begins with what should be a fairy tale ending – a kiss from Prince Charming, Robin Bastle. But this is the real world. Elizabeth learns that fairy tale endings can mean the end of fairy tales, altogether. At the peak of her disenchantment, James returns for the summer, acting strangely. When Robin discovers her feelings for James, his agony exposes a long-closeted secret, changing Robin and Elizabeth from lovers into foes.
Tensions rise until the three are driven apart.
Book III: Bête Noire
As summer ends, James flees back to college but finds no comfort there. Robin embarks upon a journey to live his life honestly, but, unable to accept himself, he falls into dangerous hands. Elizabeth resolves to go on a quest of her own. She’ll fight for what she really wants – the secret of her family’s so-called sordid past and the heart of her true love. In order to do so, however, she’ll have to face her lifelong fear – the outside world – because James attends college in the epicenter of late ’60s unrest: Berkeley, California.