Adam returns from Geneva to England where Slievens Consultancy provides him with a luxury apartment in the Praesidium’s PCC (parallel coincident construct), set over Westminster.
For thousands of years, the Praesidium has secretly controlled the affairs of men. The Praesidium’s mission statement is benign enough - to enable man to be what he truly is; oppose any effort by man to evolve or improve. John Noble, the Praesidium chairman, explains that the Praesidium directs mankind through the agency of the monitaurs. The monitaurs, evil entities capable of adopting human form, promote depravity, extremism, corruption, obfuscation and negativity.
David Minofel, Adam’s mentor, is working for the Praesidium. Minofel’s brief is to ensure the questors can never again attempt to activate a beginning. While fulfilling his brief, Minofel becomes aware that Kit, the blind man, could be an emergent, one of those rare individuals who can move man forward in the evolutionary process. The Praesidium fears emergents more than anything else so Minofel is commissioned to eradicate the blind man. Kit is lured to the Westminster PCC.
Eve and the other questors gather at the Smith’s home in Harrow. With the help of the Smith’s mentally-enhanced dog Luke, they seek the help of their old friend Prometheus. He sends them his daughter, Aletheia, the goddess of truth.
Aletheia accompanies Eve and the other questors to the Westminster PCC. On three occasions Eve warns Adam that the Praesidium is destroying his ability to empathise with others, that they are stripping him of his humanity.
The Praesidium is the third book in The Truth Quartet.
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