Emily Ascher, trained as an economist, was once a member of the Ping Tiao revolutionary party. After their demise, she fled to North America where, under the alias of Mary Jennings, she got a job with the giant ImmVac corporation, working for Old Man Lever and his son, Michael, whom she finally married. When America fell she fled with Michael to Europe, but tiring of that high-level social world she went back down the levels and became a terrorist again. It was while undertaking a terrorist mission that she was attacked and badly wounded. Lin Shang, a simple "mender", found her there and nursed her back to health. She stayed with him for almost two decades, until his death, finally returning to her husband, Michael, during the great plague. She became a rebel once again, fighting DeVore from her mountain fastness.