Synopsis (1st book of a trilogy)
‘an excursion of enjoyment, happiness, contentment and revelation’
Rachel Fleetwood is a single 25 year old, living on her own and in a steady job. It was never her intention to be part of the 9 to 5 work force but a lack of events led her there. She is a loner with self-esteem issues and events revolve around her. She doesn’t get involved, but is bored with being shy and having a routine life – she longs for spontaneity!
It seems to be just another working day when Rachel sees a poster advertising for subjects for a college student’s psychology experiment!
Rachel lives in her own world preoccupied with music, film, books and media seeming to connect better with fiction and art than real life and people (the story is told through Rachel’s love of music and her over sensitivity to sensory stimulus). Feeling the need for positive excitement and the opportunity to do something unpredictable, to take a course of action that ultimately ‘scares’ her reserved sensibilities, she decides to sign up for the research, keeping it a secret.
Anna, the student running the experiment, is an enigma. Rachel finds her slightly disturbing without really knowing why, yet inexplicably makes an immediate connection.
The purpose of the research is to gather information of voyeurism in an extreme and intimate situation and it is there that Rachel meets ‘J’ her counterpart. Over a ten week period Rachel forms an unexpected relationship and attachment to a man she can never see or have as her own outside that room! Over time they realise how different they are but are completely drawn to each other. They slowly build on intimacy and chemistry, along with a reluctant but obsessive physical relationship, and this is where their beguiling and complex story really begins.
At the same time as her secret life evolves so does her new found supernatural talent – the power to ‘Jaunt’! Why has it happened now? Is it a coincidence? Has anyone else experienced this? Is it real and how far will it take her?
Rachel’s larger than life friends, Jason and Roxanne, add piquancy and glamour to an otherwise reclusive lifestyle while her long-time best friend Sarah is her confidant and rock – they all form the foundation of an introverted, uneventful world suddenly and powerfully overturned. The experiment slowly changes her expectations and the roles of those closest to her; they also become affected, and inter connected events start to take over everyone’s lives.
Whether readily or reluctantly Rachel and the anonymous ‘J’ become ‘the hub’ connecting the fate lines of civilisation by their love, the reason for a newly changing world. At the same time Rachel’s Jaunts take her to other undiscovered worlds!