No Sara... That's not stupid, it's just one more piece of the puzzle. However, now that you say Remembering The Good Times We Had is the next book... There's a major continuity problem. No, it's not the plot tying The Bonds of Family to the other stories, what with the injection of Scooter in the swamps... It's the fact that you have Eli as a wealthy tycoon carrying out his own plans. Reason why I say it's a continuity problem is cause here he's a grown man and already carrying out his plans against the Grosse family, when in Remembering the Good Times he was a shadow child... Yes, that vonderful scene where Life came into view in the form of a female Fraggle and scolded him for putting Uncle Deadly and Robin in danger. Me thinks that's the one obstacle that needs solving to then get the whole arc back on track. Hope this helps though, and looking forward to the next one.