An incident in computer specialist Rick Macey’s past has put him on the path of revenge. If his plan is successful, the object of his wrath, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, could lose millions of dollars and thousands of members. What Rick cannot foresee are the sinister ways this church will react when threatened.
Mormons begin receiving letters that question the validity of their gospel and inform them that loved-ones have been baptized into an alternative faith. It’s an assault on the authority of the church, and more importantly, it’s beginning to impact church revenues.
The Mormon leadership dispatches Kay Summers, a young but capable administrative assistant, to Oregon, where she finds and follows a thread leading to Rick. Unbeknownst to her, they’ve also dispatched agents from the church’s secret army, the Danite Knights, to follow her to the source of the problem and fix it – permanently.
Initially, Rick and Kay play cat and mouse, each trying to find out what the other knows, while in the shadows the Danites use limitless resources preparing to stop not only the letters, but anybody involved with them. Soon, mysterious deaths and close calls start happening. Rick and Kay, the two erstwhile adversaries become a team; ultimately running for their lives, desperately trying to put the puzzle together as they stay one step ahead of the tempest Rick has awakened.
Meet the characters.
Who am I?
This seems ridiculous. What am I supposed to say, I like pina coladas and getting caught in the rain? I’m not sure if you’ve ever been to Portland, Oregon, but getting caught in the rain is about as spontaneous as getting caught in the sun in Arizona. It’s green though…year round, that’s nice. And there are some truly beautiful mountains here. Single snow capped volcanic peaks that rise thousands of feet above anything else in the area. I can see a few of them from my living room. Well, I could anyway. I guess that’s another story.
I grew up in a little ski town. My dad died when I was real young and my mom when I was about 17. Wow, that kinds of sounds like a sob story but that’s really not the case. I mean I’m sorry they’re gone, and lots of things have been tough, but overall I have a good life. My friend’s parents took me in for the last year of high school and then it was off to college so it really didn’t matter. I left home when most people leave home, I just never got to go back.
Not having parents certainly made me more independent. I see people though, who are my age and older, who run to their parents every time they need something. Maybe that’s the way it’s supposed to be but it kind of seems like they’re permanent dependants. I really like independence. Mine, and other people who have grown up that way. I mean, at some point in time you have to stand up on your own right? Work without a net? Well, maybe that’s just my opinion.
My best friend… I kind of fucked all that up. I’m good with computers. Not good like…’hey I can write software’ or ‘hey I can get a computer job’. I mean I’m really good. I understand pretty much everything about them. I get them at every level. So when we got that crazy assed idea, I knew I could pull it off. For the money, for the revenge, whatever. I knew what I could control, I just had no idea of what I couldn’t control. It turned out bad. Now I have one Danite Knight who want’s to sue me, and another who wants to kill me.
There’s one bright spot though. Hard to believe I’m saying this. There’s this girl…woman. She’s… well, if she’s willing to be with me I’m one seriously lucky guy. Despite everything that’s happened. Maybe I can take her away for a while. Get to know her a little better. I haven’t exactly laid the best groundwork for a lasting relationship though. One of those Catch-22 things. If I hadn’t done it, I’d have never met her. So I’m sorry about the whole thing, but at the same time I’m not.
Who am I?
I’m…unsure. I’ve been alone for a long time, but it looks like that might be changing. I hope so, I think people do better as a couple. I want to be in a relationship, I just haven’t found the right guy yet. But maybe now. Maybe I finally found Mr. Right. He’s incredible in some ways, and broken in others. I guess that just means he’s human. I’m not perfect either so it’s not like he’d be getting some angel without baggage.
In my career I’m now fully aware that I’ve been underappreciated and undervalued for almost a decade. It’s pretty upsetting when I stop to think about it. I’m smart and capable. I was born into a middle-income family and live in a modern city. I have a great education from a well-respected university. And yet, the people that surround me, the culture that surrounds me, just doesn’t appreciate me. If there was a real reason for it…if I wasn’t good at my job, or was deceitful or dishonest, I’d understand it. That would make sense. But the only reason that I’m undervalued is that I’m a woman. A man with my education, capability, opportunity would be light years ahead of me career-wise. I have to admit, it kind of pisses me off.
Right now they have me working with a Danite Knight. Not a fun prospect. Also, I’m having a real hard time believing these guys are really helping the Church. Talk about heavy-handed.
I prefer music and a good book over television. I’ve tried to watch it but it always amazes me how shallow everything is. Pretty much all comedies are based on some sort of misunderstanding. The misunderstanding continues to grow throughout the show and then is resolved in some presumably funny way. I guess I must be a little off because that stuff just isn’t funny to me.
The dramas are occasionally good but pretty soon they all revert into a “who’s sleeping with who.” Maybe that’s supposed to be real life but it certainly isn’t my life. I’d much rather put on some quite background music and get lost in a well-written book. My only complaint is that I can read a book so much faster than a good writer can write one. That means I devour some books, and then have to start grazing for something new.
Well, that’s a little bit about me. Maybe I should start some sort of blog or something. Everybody’s doing it, and I have a feeling my life is about to get a lot more exciting. Maybe it’ll be worth reading about.