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Danger and intrigue continue to plague Ruth Squire in an illusive search for
happiness in the perilous era of the Roaring Twenties.
In the far corner of a seedy speakeasy known as the Blue Feather, seventeen
year old Ruth Squire tried to avoid the interested eye of a repugnant patron.
The impatient bartender waved his hand toward the stage--it was her turn to
sing, but the metallic taste of fear drenched her tongue and slithered downward
until her stomach burned. She took a step back.
A female voice whispered from behind, "Remember why we are doing this Ruthie.
You can't abandon him now."
Slowly, courage overtook the fear. One step--another, until she stood center stage.
The piano began the prelude, and she closed her eyes. A few tremulous notes
exhaled through ruby lips, but strengthened as memories of the murderous carnage
at home unfolded and steeled her will. The choice to save him was hers. Instead of
a pack of crude, bawdy men in a smoke filled room, she envisioned Peter, the man
she came to rescue. Her eyes opened, and she remembered...