Merlin’s Parole, takes place at the intersection of actual events and storytelling, memory and fantasy. A tale told to a Bridgekeeper it unfolds the principle pieces that comprise the Bridge to Change, in a quasi-chronological / organic order.
The story moves from the football field to the monastery, through anti-war activism; the counter-cultural movement and Woodstock. From the Midwest to Berkeley and a marriage. The narrative retraces an intellectual journey from Medieval cosmology through Existentialism, Relativity Theory, feminism and first glimmerings of cultural analysis.
Struck by the observable link between individual identity and the Stars, the narrator delves deeply into such disallowed possibilities. Serendipitous events and experiences spur him to identify with Merlin, the mythological political advisor with one foot in another world.
Land and people become a vital part of the story, as he hitchhikes across the United States telling people about their Stars, and then undertakes a first transcontinental Walk. Discovering that the Constitution provides an orderly and democratic means to effect change, he sets out to promote Article V — and finds himself transformed.