'Gloria' is the third part of the "long story" of 'The Triple Goddess [a simply divine comedy]', the first and second being 'Ophelia' and 'Arbella'. Although the three books comprising 'The Triple Goddess' have separate plots, they share themes of Hell, Purgatory and Paradise, good and evil, love, ancient myth and history, life-death-rebirth, and the nature (or un-nature) of Time. The tales are filled with magic and fantastical invention, and "stories within the story" in the manner of 'The Arabian Nights'. The year is 2032 A.D., and the worldwide State is in the grip of a faceless oligarchy, Central. Hugo Bonvillain 4285D is the young prodigy Director of the Exeat Institute, where he experiments upon Slaves of the S Class in an attempt to extract from their un-biologically adulterated bodies the secret to eternal life. Bonvillain's obsessive work ethic is leavened only by his dreams of the mysterious and mesmerizing Gloria Mundy 2042M, Ward One's nursing Sister...