The introduction gives an overview of the book that contains essays and articles written over a period of more than 20 years. Together they portray the evolution of the author as a practicing Jungian analyst. Themes of illness, death, and violence are specific in some chapters, while implicit in others. Together they form a leitmotif for the entire book. Some chapters reflect deeply personal experiences; others are cultural or clinical. The author describes how she went from being a classical musician to a Jungian analyst because of a “mysterious illness,” and in another, she describes the death of her analyst concurrent with a serious illness. In another chapter, she examines the complex nature of violence in our culture. She utilizes musical metaphors to describe changes and transitions, some are about literal death, and others are metaphorical.