This book is a collection of short stories, often based on or influenced by, personal experiences. Their themes are quite diverse, including realistic stories, science fiction, fantasy and adventure. Some are set in the past; some in the present; and some in the future. Some, such as "The Volunteer's Tale" and "The House of Lies", deal with social problems. Others, including "Canine Fantasies", are pure fantasy. "The Uninvited Guest" combines elements of both. "The Decoy" enlarges whimsically upon an unpleasant travel experience. While some stories have a social message, their primary purpose is to entertain.