During summer vacation, Dr. Jane Wormsly could finally unwind. Things had been tense at the Department of Helminthology, Lumpkins University in Yamaville. Sometimes the department felt like a cess pool of big egos, each player trying to impress and outdo the other. As a woman, she was towards the bottom of the hierarchy. She endured a lot of discourse from those who managed to obtain a little power. However, if you can get over vanity and not react to provocation, it's possible to survive.