"Cross your fingers, Iris. Cross 'em that Sister will win,” Rose Porter says as she peers down at the 1964 Huntsville High homecoming court. Iris’ older sister, Dorothea, is so beautiful that cowboys as far away as Madisonville name their horses after her. Iris uncrosses her fingers as soon as Rose looks away, but Dorothea is still crowned queen.
But now all the pens and paper in the house are disappearing and Dorothea demands fortune cookies at breakfast, lunch and dinner. She is developing the same disorder which struck their aunt and great aunt, a condition which defies psychiatric diagnosis. If it runs true to course, Dorothea will soon start believing her own stories about the Island of Lesser Icarus.
Iris sees a chance to grab their mother's attention by being the perfect daughter. She reads the Bible to Dorothea, even the begetting parts. But when Dorothea polishes her homecoming tiara and begins to refer to Iris as "Begonia the handmaiden," little sister realizes their relationship has taken a whole new turn.
This is all set up. You need to start again.