This thesis project is the first five chapters and a summary of a fiction novel, Carol's Hourglass. After Thea's sister, Carol, commits suicide in the Rosewood Institute of The Living, she inherits all of her assets. Thea goes to Carol's apartment to empty out her belongings. As she looks through Carol's belongings, Thea finds a strange hourglass and a photo of an event that never happened: Carol's wedding. Every night she turns the hourglass and begins to have strange dreams involving a an old childhood room and a strange person who calls himself "The Umbrella Man." Thea gets caught up in her dream world and soon realizes her reality may not be what it seems.