Retribution, Understanding and Change Must Begin Somewhere
thine eye shall not pity; but life shall go for life, eye for eye,
tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot."
Deuteronomy (ch. XIX, v. 21)
Jones had one simple goal in life - to become rich and have everything
she ever dreamed of - at whatever cost.
hugely successful criminal defense attorney with one of New York's
finest law firms, and with the trophy fiance, swanky apartment,
flashy car, and equally vain circle of friends already in place,
she'd almost made it - all that was left was to make partner, and
that had been promised already. But the dream was about to end there.
to work one afternoon, Kate is handed a note by a homeless stranger,
informing her that a bomb has been planted in a nearby cafe. Not
having any time for the homeless and already late for a very important
meeting, she ignores the warning, thinking maybe she'll do something
about it later on after work, if she has time before her dinner
appointment with a very important client.
5.30pm a terrific blast rocks the entire block, and rushing to her
office window Kate is horrified to see flames spewing from the windows
of the cafe on the corner, bodies strewn across the sidewalk, and
blood splattered everywhere - twenty five people are later confirmed
that moment on, Kate's life is changed forever. Feeling responsible
for twenty five deaths, she is completely overcome with unfamiliar
feelings of guilt, and quickly loses her job, her fiance, her nice
apartment, everything. Paranoia soon follows - does anyone know
about the note? Does anyone know she knew about the bomb? Are the
police about to come knocking at her door to arrest her? Will she
go to jail for this?
three months on, she finds herself in a cheap run-down one room
apartment, without a job, without money, without friends, drinking
herself into oblivion, with only one goal - to forget!
the nightmares start - terrifying images of a young woman in obvious
pain. Who is this woman? Is she even real, or just a figment of
Kate's tortured mind? The nightmares become more and more frequent,
growing more and more terrifying, more and more brutal - there's
nothing Kate can do to shut them out, except drink more and more,
and try and sleep less and less.
a bar after a particularly heavy session of self pity, Kate collapses
in a drunken and exhausted heap. When she wakes up, she's lying
on her bed, with no memory of how she got back into her apartment,
and only a plain brown envelope lying beside her as evidence that
she didn't do it alone.
envelope contains a
clipping from the Manhattan Tribune reporting the mysterious disappearance
of one of their employees, a Sam Michaels. Looking at the accompanying
photo, Kate is shocked to see that this is the woman in her nightmares
- even more disturbing is that she went missing only four days ago,
three weeks after the nightmares began. Along with the clipping
is a hastily written note simply telling Kate: "If you want
to help yourself, help her!".
is Sam Michaels? What happened to her? Who picked Kate up off the
floor, and gave her the envelope? Who was the homeless man and why
did he give her the note? Was the note meant for her, or anybody?
Are all these things related? These are just some of the questions
Kate is now faced with, but one thing is clear - if she wants to
end the nightmares, she's going to have to start looking for the
answers, and soon, before her own sad existence consumes her completely.
But can she really help this woman, when she can barely even help
Kate as she steps out of the shadows and into a deep and dark mystery
involving police corruption, the local Mafia, secret experiments,
family crises, lost love, missed opportunities, revenge, a life's
work, frightening supernatural disturbances, and a mysterious and
elusive former CIA neurologist known only as Janus.
time someone tells you something bad is about to happen, you should
think carefully about your next step...
be left alone, and face to face with my own crime, had been just
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow