Tana Standish is an agent with MI6.
Born in Warsaw, Poland, in 1937 of Jewish parents, Tana was a very small victim of the Nazi invasion and the siege of that city. When her parents were killed, her two older brothers tried to get the three of them to safety but both died in the attempt, the final act of her nearest sibling being stowing her away on an outgoing vessel.
The vagaries of life brought her to England and a young British couple who would take her in and adopt her. Her new father died in a car crash a couple years later but her new mother and she continued. She grew up and attended Edinburgh University in the mid 50s, majoring in psychology. From there she moved to work at the Parapsychological Research Unit from 1958 to 1965.
Her selection of work was by no means a whim and she did far more than study the ideas of Extra Sensory Perception, she participated. From her earliest memories she could perceive things, see images in peoples' minds especially when they were agitated or scared. Through her work she learned to better use her skill and to be able to not use them.
Her abilities would bring her to the attention of British Intelligence and at the age of 29, she left her work in academia and joined MI6. The talent of being able to actually gleam unspoken information from the people she met was invaluable to her side. It was just as important to the other side as well and it was not long before both learned of the other.
The recorded adventures take place in the mid-70s with a maturing Standish having been active in the cloak and dagger field for well over a decade. She is seasoned, experienced, and more than capable of taking care of herself. Years in the business has taught her that her gift was not enough to survive and she had trained her body to be strong enough to get out of the trouble her mind senses she is in.