The Faces and the Names

    Elaine M. Gates

Native of Michigan, graduate of the United States Naval Academy, aviator and engineer, and now prematurely retired after a special assignment went awry. According to her family the visit to D.C. was supposed to be a vacation and a celebration of her recovery. According to Elaine, it’s a private moment to decide what her future will be, or if there is it to be one at all . . . .

    Alan Graves

Senate staffer, self-made attorney, and terminal idealist, Alan has come to D.C. to make a difference. Working for a Democratic Senator from his native California and moving in the backroom world of the U.S. Senate is not what the young lawyer with dreams of saving the world expected, and he finds himself increasingly worried that the cynics are right, and this is all there is . . . .

    Nadia Julian

Longtime resident of Alexandria and co-proprietor of the Old Town antique shop known as Antiquitas Veritas, she does not see clearly what the future holds, but knows the long calm is coming to an end. A not-so-chance encounter with a naive young staffer on the steps of the U.S. Capitol tells her that her forboding may indeed be coming true . . . .

    Mark Valentine

Co-owner of Antiquitas Veritas, he has seen more come and go than most in Washington, from the arrogantly powerful to the would-be white knights. When he finds a broken but unbowed young woman contemplating an empty future, his suspicions that he must step out of the shadows again are confirmed . . . .

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