Adoriana Marik is a tattoo artist and merchandiser who lived in Mariupol during the Russian-Ukrainian War. She described her background and some history about Ukraine’s relationship with Russia before the current war seen through her perspective. Before the war began, there was tension in the air because of Putin’s threats of Ukraine. Marik put her documents in order and prepared for a hasty escape from Ukraine for herself and her dog, Yola. On February 23, 2022, Marik woke up to the sounds of explosions and the beginning of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Fifty year old songwriter, Sophia, looks back on her very troubled past. In 1963, she suffered from racism and prejudice by being a black woman studying in an affluent college in Marin County, California. Her mother has been institutionalized in a psychiatric hospital and her brother has been murdered. While Sophia loves her father, she learns some things that question her affection for him. She has a talent for singing and songwriting that she uses in local amateur talent competitions and now plans to display on television.
It's been nine years since the events in the book, The Lost Theory, and things are looking up for Literature professor, Sean McQueen and his partner quantum physicist, Emily "M" Edens. Sean is a bestselling author, and M's theories of Big Love and Constant Creation in the universe have given her enough recognition to be nominated for a Nobel Prize. They established a college for young women that focuses on science, the humanities, and spirituality classes.
University student, Paige Stewart’s boyfriend Samuel Saber, has broken up with her. As if that’s not bad enough, the story has spread throughout campus, and Paige is the source of public scorn for being dumped by the wealthy son of two of the most prominent individuals in South Coast. Paige confides in her best friend, Liam, and Nathaniel, who is Liam’s friend but not Paige’s.
Now that oil magnate, Jared Sanders, has been defeated, President Temple and the wealthy Sheppard, Barrons, and Kingsley families have new enemies to contend with or rather animosities and rivalries that have been buried to fight a common enemy. Former lovers, Delilah Sheppard Barrons Kingsley and Harry Sheppard have made as much of what they could from their forced separation.
In the 1970's, Senator Temple and the heads of three very powerful families -- The Sheppards, The Kingsleys, and The Barrons -- pool their resources to conspire against a corrupt, powerful oil magnate, Jared Sanders. The one most likely to inherit the Kingsley and Barron businesses and lead them towards a more enlightened and progressive future is the idealistic Delilah Barrons. She will inherit everything if she consents to an arranged marriage between herself and one of the Kingsley Brothers.