The story takes place in Alva City, located on the tropical coast of Vendurasaca, 200 miles south of the equator. Alva City is the country’s cosmopolitan center, nestled at the foot of a mountain range that extends through the entire country. The lush countryside is easily accessible from downtown. The climate is tropical and, being at sea level, the country receives plenty of rain. The country is a developing nation although Alva City hosts many global industries and interests. Because of its exotic allure, many U.S. citizens call it home and U.S. tourists frequent it. There are also extensive bilateral exchanges between the two countries.