As a train moves from station to station, its passengers glimpse different worlds of people along the way, displayed in a rich texture of life. Passing scenes are etched on the viewer's heart and mind. In much the same way, the diverse stories in this exciting collection present humor, surprise, poignancy, the mystery of the dark side of human nature, and the many turns and twists of our lives that never seem to end as we expect. We find a devoted teacher about to face the experience of her life as she anticipates the arrival of a dear friend. There are two lovers who discover that their commitment to each other is threatened by the danger that engulfs them. Then there is the wild quarry relentlessly pursued by a determined rancher with unexpected results. Building his fragile empire of art, a wily museum director and his wife miscalculate. And an intense boy embarks on a rite-of-passage through a twilight zone of horror and destruction. These and the other stories are a compelling and memorable ride through the realm of the author's imagination.