HIDDEN IN XANADU is the story of suspended rules, the outward
serenity and inner chaos of two ordinary people who are thrust into
the world of crime witnesses and how they devise an imaginative way
to live through it. Colleagues, GRACE DANVERS and MAX JOSEFS,
witness a horrible crime and are whisked into protective custody by
the FBI to contain the contamination of their testimony before
trial. So abruptly has their world changed that Max and Grace feel
as if they are in another reality; the constant companionship of
the agents seems more like an invasion of privacy than protection;
their custody more like captivity. To gain some control over their
lives and blot out the ever-present, gruesome crime, they devise a
game with their own rules and title the rules file Xanadu. Max and
Grace have made several documentaries together and are attracted to
each other. In their fifties, both are embarrassed about making
love with each other, know it will change their friendship
irrevocably. They devise a game to become other couples in fiction
and history to get past this sticking point. Neither is aware the
agents listen to every word and action. Grace, close to the
breaking point, discovers the agents' listening, their complete
violation. Max falls back on their game to save her and Grace finds
the strength to rise above the betrayal. Their captivity and the
game not only change their lives but the lives of the agents and
enable Grace to testify at trial.
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