Now, fifty years later, after another energy signature is captured by the observatory, Simon Forrest sets out on his own investigation to discover what dreaded creatures could be lurking within walking distance of his home.
Deep within the mountain range, Simon discovered a strange woman, Kai'alla, who told him that she was guarding the most coveted treasure the whole of mankind could imagine. But Simon found that discovering who this ancient woman really was turned out to be the most coveted secret mankind could imagine.
In the outer Badlands, real or imagined Demons are kept at bay by flying defensive structures of giant interlocking Cody kites piloted by an elite and brave Corps of Observers.
Through a series of Kite stories we are drawn compellingly into a strange but recognizable world where loyalty to the Corps is everything and non-conformity is a sin. Keith Roberts depicts the fortunes, passions and failings of his characters against this background of a fragile and superstitious society. As the fanatical Ultras embark on a religious campaign of destruction, the Realm starts to disintegrate fast.
Temporary Agency is the follow-up to Rachel Pollack's acclaimed novel, Unquenchable Fire, winner of the 1988 Arthur C. Clarke Award. Set in the same strange America of Bright Beings, miracles and religious ritual, it is a fantasy of power and humour, love and pain.