Young Jolie has lived in a beautiful underground garden all her life. The garden is all she has ever known and though she’s a little bored, she's happy and much loved by her parents and her live-in nurse, Gwenda.
But there are two things Jolie must never know...
The first is that the garden isn’t real. The grass is made of plastic, the flowers are made of beautiful textured cloth, and the sun is an infra-red heater on a pull-chord switch.
The second is that Jolie is blind. No-one has ever told her that people can see.
To keep Jolie company, her father invites a young man into the garden. Pierce is kind, funny, and under strict orders to pretend to be blind too - something he's not very good at.
Jolie is thrilled - she has someone new to talk to, and she's soon enamoured with this amazing man. Pierce seems to have magical powers and knows things that should be impossible.
Pierce is not so happy... He discovers he's a prisoner in the garden as soon as he arrives - and realizes Jolie is too, whether she knows it or not.
Ash is an unusual contract killer. He has compassion. He gives his targets dignity. But while their deaths are kind, they’re no less awful. There’s no such thing as a beautiful death, cares of the past thrown to the wind while loving hands carry you across that angry or that glimmering sea…
He gets his work from John, ‘the man in the suit’ and an old friend. It’s not much, after army life, but it is, after all, ‘a life’.
One day, by chance, Ash meets Rachel – young, beautiful, with fire in her belly but frustrated with what life’s has to offer.
Rachel is perfect - alive, caring, fearless, she shows Ash how to be human again. Rachel wanted to know where the real men are – the men who mean what they say and aren’t afraid of their own tail. She’d given up hope...
The two fall truly, madly, deeply, completely in love.
But Rachel knows nothing of Ash’s work or who he is, and as he reveals his past, she struggles to accept all of her new man. Ash tries to change - to quit his work and find a normal job. But the past just won’t let him go.
Can he find his own, beautiful death?
An Orphic journey, a tale of personal responsibility and change, Orpheus Rising is a story about purpose.
© Copyright Maxim Jago 2016