Both humorous and thought-provoking, these stories are aptly called 'parables' simply because of the life lessons involved. Three main characters have frightening experiences prompting a timely rescue by a no-nonsense, somewhat whimsical and kindly spirit. At times this figure magically transforms herself to accomplish her goal; most of the time, however, she appears in her pristine white nurse uniform complete with an impressive cap and cape. She disappears as quickly as she arrives leaving her subjects mystified. As time goes by, though, each learns to trust her and hope for her appearance, which, of course, always happens. The stories take place in a small mountain town, with the last tale located in the high peaks. Each story, it its rudimentary form, is true, but the author embellishes almost beyond belief! They become fantasy as every episode turns into a challenge which is met by extraordinary means. This makes a lifelong impact on the spirit's charges. Dinah, Claire, and Lydia are introduced with their own stories in the first three segments.
The Three meet in the fourth and final segment when they are overwhelmed and overjoyed to be greeted by their spirited guide, a nurse called 'Hattie'. She reviews their respective lives, citing accomplishments, skills and talents, but most of all how each has made a difference by meeting a human need. Hattie gives them meaningful gifts and explains how they will be using them during their next level of existence. The intent by the author is not only to provide an adventurous, early day romp with these young girls from age six to twenty, but also to leave an uplifting message upon which to ponder. It's delightfully different.