Scroggy is not always certain about things: he has his moments of doubt and times of uncertainty. Although he prides himself on being a decision- maker, a leader who gets results and a man of self-motivation, he has found that his speed of action has diminished. Is it ‘old age’ creeping up on him? Has he become harder to please? Or has his school-based world become more complicated?
As a teacher, he is expected to know the answers, but somehow he has become bedevilled instead with the questions! Nothing seems simple any more. The world is caught up with problems – problems that no single person, or nation, can solve. But that doesn’t stop him trying. He really cares about people, especially his pupils and his colleagues in the world of school.
He wonders if he should try doing a different job. Has the time come for a change? Should he try to be a politician or become a social worker? Or is he too old to start again – too ‘set in his ways’?
After much thought, research and soul-searching, he decides upon a good old British compromise: His boss, Violet Imogen Protheroe, has praised his skill as a story writer and teller and suggested he should seek a wider audience for his creative work. There is a whole new world beyond the classroom – and he should be part of it!
In order to succeed, he sets about a difficult task: He needs to uncover the ‘secret of success’ as a writer. What makes a story fit into the category of ‘best seller’? Is it possible to identify the criteria and use them to guarantee success? He can take advice, of course, but he decides to fall back on his ‘detective skills’ by analysing good stories and picking out their highlights. Is there a recipe for certain success? If so, he needs to capture it! It’s Olympic Year and he needs to win his own personal marathon, but he finds he needs every ounce of energy to survive the challenge – and there might be some unexpected consequences...