Tom Hester is a childhood buddy of Senator Katherine Laforge. He was one of her three best friends. These 3 friends all meet again, many years later at a high school reunion in Walpole, New Hampshire. After renewing their friendship Tom pledges to help Katherine launch her presidential campaign. Vince Hand, Tom Hestler, 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.