Deborah Harkness is a middle aged Phd speaker on medicine and science history who works voluntarily on Oxford University's Bodleian Library intending to understand how do relationship between teacher and student through knowledge works, so that she could apply it in the University’s classrooms.
Her chinese origins and pacifical-comprehensive ways to deal with people and hard issues or situations drove her to the affectionate but hardly ever offensive nickname “Kungy Ma’am”.
She was working really hard to reach her objectives...
...but her observational and theorical methods seemed not to be the most suitable for the task, once she was getting no results.
Once in the library analyzing a conversation among some library goers about a book, a sudden Pennsylvania governor’s pronouncement involving some polemical social issues comes out, openig a great discussion on the topics covered.