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Richard arrives at a remote hotel in the Swiss Alps searching for peace and to have one last shot at writing the story he feels he was born to write. But Gabrielle is alluring, and beautiful, and permanently oppressed by frightful parents, and he feels he should do something about that. Except there's also something not right about her - hints of a dark past, and she seems no longer truly alive. He'd be better keeping his head down to write, but the words won't come. Then the lights go out across the whole of Europe. Everything stops working - planes, cars, even the clocks, and that's when the real strangeness begins, and Gabrielle finally awakens. Perhaps hers is the story he was born to write, and he'd better write it,... if he wants to survive in the world that's coming.