JohnVV, that is a good overview.
I actually resolved the problem. I don't know why, but gmail running on that computer always saved a zero sized file for the torrent. I downloaded the torrent file from a different computer, then saved it on a common share, and copied it in and was able to read the torrent.
I still don't have things running, but the posted problem was worked around, so I will call this solved.
The current issue is that the torrent, while it is read, is not transferring data. We are not using a tracker in this instance, and using DHT. So I have more digging to do.