Orlando, Count of Madelaine, Consort of the Emperor, and cokeeper of the keys to the Gates of Time, begins his story on a day when he lived as a count in a French chateau on Earth. A future Earth, much of which is a living museum, as is his region of Madelaine, a place that embodies all that was good about late eighteenth-century France . . . His life is perfect, he is naturally promiscuous, . . .