Chapter 1: Baltimore -- September
Angel Café had grown during the past fifteen years, grown to the point where even its proprietor, Stephen Carmichael, had to concentrate long and hard to recall the offbeat little eatery it had once been. The restaurant had originally inhabited one small row home in Baltimore's Federal Hill. Ten years ago, however, Stephen had bought the film-processing store next door, acquired a liquor license, and guided his eclectic coffeehouse into the world of fine dining.
Elegance had come along with expansion. Angel memorabilia still highlighted the five small dining rooms, but now it nestled amid far...