Mary Morgan is a high rising librarian (6 ft. tall) in Concord, seat of transcendentalist plain living and high thinking. The threatened expose of some new material purporting to prove that Ralph Waldo Emerson made Margaret Fuller while Thoreau lusted after Ralph's Lidian (among others) sets off two murders and one madness. Luckily, on hand is Homer Kelly who is taller than Mary. He is also an Emersonian scholar and a cop. For the apropos quotes, the cidery zest of the New England scenes and the half-cracked apple jack humor, the readers will forgive the coincidental solution in a Concord and a library that never was.