Dottie is an aspiring and perspiring poet. The perspiration is caused mostly by her efforts to speak in intelligible rhyme. At birth, she popped halfway into the world and inquired, "To be, or not to be: that is the question." The doctor hesitated, but her mother was in no position to wax philosophical. She pushed decisively. Having matters thus taken out of her hands, Dottie "slept, perchance to dream."
Dreams left Dottie dissatisfied with the humdrum existence of growing up. "To grunt and sweat under a weary life" was not for her. She set out after college to "the undiscovered country"-Montana-to an "enterprise of great pith and moment," creative writing graduate school for the poetically challenged. She sought employment at Ye Olde Local Book Shoppe to supplement her mostly non-existent poetry income. She also had the misfortune to run into two fellows who changed her life, Will Leer, and Romeo Bill (no relation to the President). Torn romantically between the two, she suffered "the slings and arrows of outrageous" Cupid before being rescued by William Wright, fellow poet.