Clarity Nice attends a personal development course at Herbaline, a company reputed for its aggressive sales methods and a secretive hierarchical structure. Befriending Herbaline emotician Coley Manglove,
Clarity gets hired to work on the company's secret project, an emotion
scale used to elicit sales and label Herbaline employees conforming or
rebellious, unrightfully deciding promotion prospects.
Teleoperator Clarity Nice visits the headquarters of Herbaline in Orange County, a herbal, diet and weight prevention company, known for its
aggressive marketing methods. Seeing on a corporate chart that the
president of the company, Lyle Matchett, has never been seen and is not
shown anywhere in the annual report of the company, she decides to
explore the company's premises afterhours, and stumbles upon an area
inside the company building labeled emotician office. Emotician Coley
Manglove finds Clarity in her office and reveals to her the secretive
project that she has been told to carry out by the head of human studies
at Herbaline: A scale of emotion that can be used to describe the
personality of employees and to elicit sales from a customer, even those
reticent to buy Herbaline products.
Clarity and her friend Lanai
sign an agreement to work for Herbaline, with their duties undefined
and their compensation contingent on dubious aspects of their
performance. They board a plane for Cayman where the company has a sales
training center, led by Herbaline motivational guru Coleman Cartmel.
After looking at the poor sales performance of Clarity and Lanai,
Manglove decides to send both of them to the Herbaline language facility
in Palm Springs, where a company employee, Ambi Michaels, is being held
against her will, because she shows signs of consistent company language
refusal of the company's official sales language, 'Herbaspeak'.
the facility, Clarity gets into the 'antisale' area, the room where
Mivel is being held against her will. Clarity realizes that Cartmel is
manipulating the emotions of Herbaline employees, using an emotion scale
that measures human emotions, assigning a subjective 'emotional
tendency' number to each employee based on personality, which is used to
promote or criticise the worker. The emotion scale links to a brain
wave technology device known as the inducer, to prevent or cut off from
employee thinking, any emotion that has to do with negative emotions,
like impatience, hostility, animosity or open, overt disagreement with
company sales policy.
Signing off on a relational agreement with
Cartmel, Clarity leaves the facility with the recluse, going to a
relational board house in Nevada, 'Honey Ranch', belonging to Herbaline,
in order to denounce the illegal policies of Herbaline, leave the
place, and find their human blueprint, measured by the emotion scale,
and shared with a shady group pulling the strings of Herbaline, known as
the Privilege club.