When Peter oversees Wendy getting her first romantic "thimble" (kiss), the conflict of emotions causes him to grow up ever so slightly and lose his eternal youth. The boy, who shudders at the word office, finds the London stage circa 1910. Wendy, whose life of propriety has been planned out by her domineering aunt, secretly falls in love with Peter and vice versa. They have no memory of each other but the Neverlands—which are always seeking to break through, haunt their dreams.
SHADES OF NEVERLAND is a whimsical continuation of J.M. Barrie’s beloved tale combining characters and imagery from the original novel Peter and Wendy into an entirely new story. Set in early 20th century London and America, the story is interwoven with historical people and places connected to J.M. Barrie’s original play and world.
This is a deceptively simple, all too common story about lost selves. We grow up; we cease to be certain of our way. We become lost. It is a gradual process, so that we cannot even be certain when the loss occurred, only that we have misplaced something vital to our lives. Like marbles and ribbons, and our last pinch of pixie dust, we have put away childish things, and in doing so, misplaced the best part of ourselves. Years later, we wonder where our youth, indeed our very lives, have gone. Only when we reconnect with our lost child can we live the vibrant, passionate life that calls to us in our dreams.