Fresh out of school, Shannon Jennings parachutes into a freshly minted job as special assistant to Audrey Flankman, Minister of Human Resources and Government Services. For Shannon, the bus to work is now the ministerial limo; her poli-sci term papers are being rewritten as sound bites for the evening news. It’s thrilling. It’s scary. And compared to the small-p politics of the ministerial office, the big-p politics of governing a nation seem pale and inconsequential. But Shannon’s fascinated. Who are these people?