Noelle McNabb is an agent with SIAMESE.
If you are a bit taken aback by the name of this American Intelligence organization, so was McNabb. Especially when she is told the acronym stood for "Special Intelligence Apparatus for Midwest Enemy Surveillance and Espionage". Dash Hanover, the first person she meets from the agency, admitted that the unfortunate name the letters spelled did not get "noticed until the letterhead and ID cards had been printed".
As Hanover explains to McNabb regarding the need for the organization, "Most American intelligence efforts in regards to the Cold War are concentrated in the major cities along the East and West Coasts as well as Chicago. But recently we’ve seen a significant surge of activity here in the heartland. The large patches of unpopulated farmland provide excellent hiding places for enemy outposts and spies on the run. Small towns such as Yuletide contain manufacturing plants that produce goods vital to our nation’s efforts in the space race."
The year when the first recorded adventure takes place is 1967 and the Yuletide mentioned above is the small community in Indiana where McNabb lives and where the 25-year old woman earns her keep by working two jobs; employed as a clerk in a record store in town and being an actress in the children's stage section of the amusement park which is one of the attractions the town offers. McNabb's daily gig in the production is that of the Winter Witch, a particularly nasty green-faced crone who, like the Grinch, wants to keep Christmas from happening.
Her life is about to change a good deal when a knock on her door on the outskirts of town reveals a man dying of a gunshot who falls on her floor which will cause her to land up to her neck in trouble because he was supposed to have some vital film on him and didn't and she, being the last to see him while he was still breathing, was thought to have now have the film and she didn't.
Soon the would-be actress is becoming a member of the team and partnered with Destiny King, described as a "tall, black woman, as light - and a dangerous - as a panther". Life will not be the same again.