Yates is a Futurist. Which is to say he makes a very good living flying around the world dispensing premonitory wisdom, a.k.a. prepackaged bull, to world governments, corporations, and global leadership conferences. He is an optimist by trade and a cynic by choice. He's the kind of man who can give a lecture on successive days to a leading pesticide manufacturer and the Organic Farmers of America, and receive standing ovations at both.
"missed the mark"
Henry Tuhoe is the quintessential 21st-century man. He has a vague job working for a multinational conglomerate - but everyone around him is getting laid off as the company outsources everything it can. Henry has a beautiful wife and an idyllic new home in the leafy suburbs. But his wife won't let him touch her. Then Henry's boss offers him a choice: go to the tiny Kingdom of Galado to oversee the launch of a new customer-service call center or lose the job with no severance.