Vince Hand is a childhood buddy of Senator Katherine Laforge. He was one of her three best friends. These friends meet again, many years later at a high school reunion, and after renewing their friendship Vince a die hard democrat pledges to help his old republican friend Katherine launch her presidential campaign. Vince, Tom Hester, and the narrator become pawns in much of the action that takes place in the story of Hulagu's Web. Their unwavering loyalty to Senator Laforge complicates and clouds their understanding of what has happened to her.