A Plot Summary: THE SPELL OF VAUGIRARD unlocks a real deal 21st century technology.
THE SPELL OF VAUGIRARD is a thriller sci-fi science epic that utilizes storytelling to engage audiences in a fun technology, MEND™ – musical encode decode. The story spans several generations of a powerful dynasty. The family has a volatile secret about to impact our 21st century world.
The prequel book is entitled: THE SKELETON SCORE. It is 175 pages. The story is narrated by the protagonist, Lily Barrington. Lily finds herself at the center of a family fight. The fight is over the valuable estate of her mother – in law, the matriarch Rose Barrington. As we learn about the characters, a Dickens-like story of combat unfolds. The dynasty wields tremendous power in the global world. Rose’s son Henry Barrington has invented a new technology. The new technology is based on the family’s ability to trade internationally. Their mysterious power stems from a musical puzzle buried in their ancestral village. As the narrative opens, centuries of urban development have blanketed the original ancestral village. The MEND™ Device is programmed to restore the original village structure and its significance. Rose who has many affairs to protect, uncovers a plot involving her estate. Her ability to retain control, as she turns over her power will test her mettle and stamina. The technology is at great risk for ill-use.
The public gets wind of the family’s fight when the daughter of Lily and Henry, Rachel Barrington is murdered . Rachel is an 18-year-old star making a name for herself on the world stage. Her death prompts the media to leak volatile details of the unfinished invention. The leak ups the ante of the fight. News travels with lightening speed. It casts suspicion on the many motives of the family members. As her daughter dies, Lily Barrington becomes the prime suspect and fall guy for a family unable to face lies that have followed them for centuries. Lily is in mortal danger. Her life hinges on the need for the players to keep her alive long enough to get the key that will open the startling village power. Lily’s memory is ignited by the tune left behind by Rachel, “Rae’s Theme“. Her signature song leads us back to the old village, and unlocks the puzzle for generations to come.
Mardi-Ellen Hill is a composer, author and playwright. In the 1990s she was awarded two NEA grants for a new American work in Opera Music theatre. In the last decade she has won many other prestigious awards. The new narrative platform and technology MEND™ is founded on her award-winning play “VAUGIRARD.”
Read an article describing the journey unlocking the path to MEND™, written prior to the full development of MEND™. It is now complete.