In a dim, smoky room, the psychic turned the cards up one by one, and told her client the shocking truth: "There is no gentle way to tell you this, so I'll just say it. Prepare for widowhood. Your husband will die horribly and violently before the year is out." Noticeably disturbed, the client stared at the old mystic, then at the lone, wavering candle, and finally at the cards laid out before her. She breathed in deeply, trying to control her emotions. She had to find out the rest. She could not leave without knowing. She gazed intently at the old woman, prepared herself, and asked, "Is there any chance I'll be acquitted?"