The original story on which Lili was based now published in book form for the first time. It adds another wistful, slim volume to the special shelf of this writer, who has perfected the techniques of playing the emotional stops. Paris and the rural byways of France form the setting for the story of ""Mouche"", a 22-year old orphan, adrift and jobless in a Paris spring. Movie goers will have seen the screen version of her rescue by a troupe of puppets, of her strange adventure in the land of half truth, grim and unpalatable, and half make believe. The show, with a naive girl and effectively operated puppets who seem truly to have their independent beings, becomes a rural sensation. But the puppeteer keeps out of public view -- and in his private life seems cruel, malicious, hard and cynical. It is only when Mouche -- at the end of the season- promises to marry a trapeze artist in the show, that he finds a way to make her see that he is the composite of all the puppet characters she has come to love.