Imagine that you live in a world where there is no privacy any more. All the so-called security measures that the government has introduced have enabled them to keep track of all its citizenry. Surveillance cameras are in all public areas and are programmed by computer to identify abnormal behaviour.
You've been told that they look out for people leaving unattended packages, or who are returning to the same site over and over again for no discernible reason. The cameras, you are assured, will enable the authorities to prevent terrorist attacks and curtail criminal activity.
What they haven't told you are they also have software that enables them to scan every face they record and produce a photo quality likeness of anyone they want. This information is stored in central data banks and your whereabouts at any given point in any day are readily available to those who want to find you.
Your passport's new security chip, with coded information about your fingerprints, iris scan, and facial structure doesn't just make it harder for terrorists to use fake passports, it provides another means of tracking you. Scanning devices placed in bus shelters, train stations, and elevators can record the information on that chip and record the exact moment you stood there.
But there's also something else you don't know, and that's about the existence of three groups of people: the Travelers, the Harlequin, and the Tabula (who like to refer to themselves as the Brethren). Travelers are people who can literally travel to other realms, leaving their bodies behind and sending their spirits out beyond our plane of existence. Usually they are also people who preach a new way of being, something that would cause power to leave the hands of the few and bring it into the hands of many.
The Tabula have hunted Travelers throughout the centuries. Some say Jesus was the first Traveler, and that Herod was one of the Tabula. Always with the might of whatever ruling class at their backs the Tabula would have made short work of Travelers if it were not for Harlequins – those whose lives were dedicated to protecting Travelers by any means.
Skilled warriors trained from early childhood with only one thing in mind - protect Travelers - Harlequin are from all parts of the world. They have fought long and hard to preserve what they see as mankind's greatest hope for freedom and spiritual advancement.