Casting a loving glance at a lady the other side of the vale of death, an author who delights in tricks in time brings to us a real person in a fictional biography. She is Mme. Malibran born Maria Garcia, a famous 19th century singer of Bellini operas. Mr. Myers turns his sleight of hand to the proud artist father of Maria, who frightened her into becoming the world's greatest singer. He follows Maria's career launched with Velluti, her New York sweep and marriage to Mailbran as a means to freedom from tyranny which backfired; her success on the Continent and love of De Beriot, whom she married later after Lafayette saw that the earlier marriage was dissolved; the brief ""right"" match with Bellini and his death, followed a year later by her own. The ""men in her life"" theme offers a measure of liberty in the telling, but the views of the music world and chronology offer some surety in a pleasant spin.