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One person's reality is another's insanity. Everything depends on who is defining the truth.
When the police begin searching Jenny Webster's LA apartment looking for proof that she murdered her fiancée, Jenny's claim to innocence hinges on the fact that she was hundreds of miles away in a hospital at the time. But the DA is convinced that she is the killer. His instinct tells him that nobody else could have done it. So the cops set out to break Jenny's alibi.
However, when a young detective discovers that Jenny has been living for three months without food, yet remains perfectly healthy, it becomes startlingly clear that this is no ordinary murder case. Could Jenny's insistence be true - that she is able to leave her own body and be in two places at once? Could her spirit have flown to her fiancée’s side while her physical form remained in the hospital? The idea is absurd. Yet shocking new evidence suddenly makes it seem possible.
As the fast-moving mystery unfolds, Jenny Webster is forced to undertake a terrifying journey of the mind. Unknown to the police, a scientific corporation dedicated to manipulating the thoughts and actions of influential people is using her as a guinea pig. But she has learned to escape the clutches of her tormentors by an act of will so powerful that she is able to leave her body and move onto a spiritual plane where she cannot be controlled.
Her enemies use every weapon at their disposal to have her evidence dismissed. They label her as a schizophrenic. She is drugged, beaten and raped, and her best friend is killed. But Jenny Webster is a survivor. She is determined to convince the police and the FBI that the dangers she has uncovered are real, and that nothing less than the free will of world leaders is at stake. The corporation is about to seize power over millions by controlling the minds of the world's decision makers.
But when Jenny finally succeeds in her quest, fate has yet another blow in store for her. The authorities will not let her testify in person, lest her history of "illness" discredit the mass of evidence against the sinister corporations, which she herself has given them. However, Jenny has a skill that even Washington cannot restrain. She knows how to travel beyond the confines of her body, and she is about to use that skill to stunning effect. Jenny Webster is an Earth Angel.
They stopped the forced feeding three months ago. She still hasn’t had any food or water.
How does she survive?”
“Says she can convert light into energy and store it in her body - like a plant.”
“You’ve got to be kidding.”
“No, I’m not.”
Detective James Parker sat in the passenger side of a gray unmarked police car flipping through files on his lap. He tried swallowing the excitement in his voice, but he wasn’t succeeding.
His partner Sergeant Richard Boyle glanced over at him. Boyle had been in the department over thirty years and was close to retiring, and now he was stuck with an ambitious rookie studying for a law degree who took everything too seriously. This was Parker’s first case as a detective and his enthusiasm was making Boyle’s thin patience, even thinner.
“A precedent was set,” Parker continued haltingly. “Her lawyer, James Scanlon - know who he is?”
“Big time! Scanlon brought in evidence that people can exist without food, citing an Indian woman who had not eaten for 55 years, another in Canada who started fasting in 1923...”
“They must have been skinny,” Boyle interrupted with a laugh, patting his stomach that bulged in folds over a cowboy belt with C.O.P. engraved on the buckle.
Parker pulled one of the files out. “The background on this case is interesting. The state Supreme Court overturned a lower Court decision to continue intravenous feeding against the patient’s will. It’s all here in the transcript. Wanna read it?” Parker held the paper out to Boyle who waved it away.
“Whataya nuts? I’m driving. You read it.”
Parker cleared his throat. “The Supreme Court ruling in the case of Jenny Webster, declared unanimously that she has a ‘fundamental right’ to refuse food or drink.”
“Ha!” Boyle snorted, “rights…”
Parker went on. “After due deliberation, Judge Robert Gray wrote that for self-determination to have any meaning, it cannot be subject to the scrutiny of anyone else’s conscience or sensibilities. It is the individual who must live or die with the course of treatment chosen or rejected, not the state.”
“Yeah?” asked Boyle, skeptical.
Parker raised his eyebrows and smiled. “She’s been in that hospital without eating for three months.” He paused, waiting. Again Boyle didn’t react, so he continued. “According to the reports she’s healthy as a horse.”
Boyle frowned. “I don’t believe it.”
“But its here in the report.”
“It’s bullshit. The whole thing’s a put on. Someone’s slipping her something. Can’t you see it ? You’ve got a lot to learn!” Boyle gunned the gas pedal of the late model Chevrolet, and swerved around a corner. Parker looked up to get his bearings as Boyle slammed to a stop in front of a two-story apartment building which hadn’t seen a paint brush in more than ten years. In front of the building, on a dusty lawn, sat a gaggle of rumpled old people seated in aluminum folding chairs, gossiping in the pale sunlight.
Parker checked the address against a document in his hand. He hadn’t expected that Jenny Webster’s apartment would be in a place like this.