IMITATION GAME x SHAMELESS. Washington, DC, 1957: Katheryn's the newest member of Project Artemis, a government network of women who decipher classified WWII codes to prevent an imminent war with Russia. Her independence is threatened when the group’s most frustrating cipher leads to her father, who went MIA in 1944. As her family and work lives crash together, she must race to untangle the connections…before her father’s old secrets destroy the whole project and what’s left of her family.
1957, Washington, D.C.
The job hasn’t even started yet, and I’m already weighed down by secrets. Literally: the thing in my pocket is about as heavy as a brick. And still lighter than my dread.
It had seemed too good to be true when my secretarial teacher’s nephew had come to us, hunting for new blood to fill positions. Just outside DC, he said. Full time. You can have your own lives – you ladies want that, don’t you, before you get married?
Too good to be true – and I was too broke to say no. The Coopers had lots of things: children – there were five of us; chaos — a rambling house down a gravel road; and most recently, a large infestation of squirrels — but we didn’t have money, and we hadn’t since 1944. At least, unless my mother could regain her sanity and unearth some of her stash from wherever she was hiding it. Which was about as likely as the squirrels leaving on their own accord.
The mysterious metal albatross is coming with me to work—because a place all about secrets seems like just the place to find answers—and its leaden weight pulling me down is nearly enough to distract from all the nerves.