Tor, Feb 2005, 6.99, 388 pp.
Special Agent in Charge Tessa Camen is guarding the President of the United States (POTUS) when assassins attack. Tessa saves Madam President from the first assault, getting her out of Jefferson Central High School, but the coordination with her team fails and she is alone. She gets POTUS to the car, but instead of one of her men as the driver, a killer draws a gun. Tessa leaps in front of POTUS taking the bullet that kills the dedicated American agent.
Tessa wakes up believing she must be in heaven as she finds herself with a hunk. The man explains that he is Khan of the planet Rystan, the year 2324, and the United States of North America and earth need her services. Khan explains she was selected to take the challenge of the Federation of Planets that earth desperately needs to join to obtain technology that will save the planet by finally cleaning the environment. At first disbelieving, then turning doubtful and cynical, Tessa eventually accepts the challenge, but has doubts about the psychic skills needed for success. As Khan prepares her, they fall in love, but another species wants earth to fail and interfere with the test.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner