It's the 1840s, and Lara can't imagine any life except the one she has where she is surrounded by her big Irish family. That is, until one day, when tragedy strikes. Lara's world is turned upside down. Desperate, afraid, and alone, with no choice but indentured servitude, Lara does something that will haunt her the rest of her life. When it seems that all hope is lost, Lara is discovered by an American couple. Whisked away to a new world, Lara's world changes yet again, but her past won't go away. Will her past ever stop haunting her?
Former actress and amateur detective Fay Hubbard works with a puppet theatre troupe for the creative but demanding Marion Valentini. Marion brings down the house with a performance of Sleeping Beauty but not for her performance skills nor her ability to construct the intricate puppets. She is found passed out near the puppet controls and dies in the hospital later.
Francine thinks she can do anything and catch any animal, that is until she met the ghost raccoon. It is unlike any animal. It screams, and it might even be a ghost. Francine can't seem to catch it. After a devastating fall that leaves her left leg and right arm in a cast and her neck in a brace, Francine gives up. That's when Frank and Stella come into the picture. While Francine is working as a cashier at Clyde's Bait, Feed, Tackle, and Animal Necessities, Frank and Stella come into the store. Frank reminds Stella of who she is. All Stella really wants is some candy.
Degas - Painter of Ballerinas by Susan Goldman Rubin shares the story of Degas's life and work through photos of his paintings, descriptions and direct quotes from Degas himself. Degas strayed from the expectations of his family. Instead of taking the path to become a lawyer to please his father, he embraced the challenges of a career as an artist. He was infatuated by the world of dance and spent the greater part of his life around dancers. His connection with the dancers centered around the respect that he had for artists in general.