in this alternate past reality, President Richard F. Fremont, an unscrupulous Nixon-like leader, pursues a shadowy terrorist organization known as Aramchek. The alleged dangers posed by Aramchek provide the justification for the government to clamp down on civil liberties.
One night, a ghostly figure appears beside Nick’s bed. Soon after, Nick starts to have visions that he believes are inspired by VALIS -- an acronym for Vast Active Living Intelligent System. But what is VALIS? A higher consciousness from an alternate reality, an alien life-form or perhaps, even God?