A Tale, Nearly True, of Richmond, Virginia
In this novel-formatted tale, Zatorah Lynn Leeman is a psychology professor
in Cambridge, Massachusetts. After some consideration, she opts to join seven
others in paranormal research to take place in Richmond, Virginia. In
preliminary studies, the city showed itself to be a good candidate for
exploration of its ghostly past.
Until now, Zatorah never dreamed of taking part in such a study. However,
the idea of traveling to and conducting investigations in the "city on the
James" intrigues her. First, it is the place of her birth, some thirty-two years
prior, but one of which she has no memory. Her mother, Torasine Heinz, left both
Richmond and Zatorah's father before she was a year old. Second, she and
husband, Peter Leeman, have, of late, been virtually bombarded with
out-of-the-blue references to Richmond, Virginia from various sources. Zatorah
now takes that development as a sign that Richmond, for whatever reason, beckons
With the reported death of her mysterious father a recent reality in her
life, Zatorah begins to have dreams about him. These, too, appear to show a
Richmond connection. So, after consultation with an East Cambridge psychic,
Zatorah resolves to see just what her time and work in Richmond will uncover.
She has no idea that her investigations there will ultimately be tied, in
unplanned and unscheduled turns of events, to an area of Richmond with an
tantalizing history. People she will meet, both related to and unrelated to the
planned study, are destined to have a dramatic effect on her life and way of
viewing the world.