December, 1985, and the detective duo of James and Lettice Cote have perhaps their strangest job ever: The case, Lettice's dad has been kidnapped, except she thought he'd died fifteen years ago. The client, his five year old daughter, also named Lettice and living in Vancouver. The fee, a dollar a day from her piggy bank.
Three modern SF short stories inspired by the golden age: A Marine Biologist takes a reporter deep under the ocean to witness the beginnings of artificial life. Terraformers discover something amazing on a dead world. A squad of soldiers on patrol come across an unexpected sight--a family picnic in a war zone.
Three humorous short stories about writing: A bookstore faces disaster when the characters suddenly start jumping from book to book. A teacher is concerned about a pupils because she says her mother owns a unicorn. In an metaphorical Old West setting, The Writer mines for Story to build a thriving and vibrant boom town. But is it?