t was about 3am. The distant sound of barking dogs echoedacross the still valley where the small farmhouse was lo-cated, in the South Island Of New Zealand. This small farm-house was to be the setting for a holiday for a friend'smother. She was not to realise that her life would be changedforever by the events about to unfold.
As she rolled over in her bed she felt uncomfortable, astrange feeling that people often get when someone is lookingat them from behind. She decided to get up and have a drinkof water.
As she reached the kitchen, with its views out across the val-ley, she noticed a bright silver object about 50m in front of the farmhouse. She rushed to the kitchen window. It was aflying saucer. It was triangular in side elevation and about10m in diameter.
Within seconds of her seeing the saucer, it rose gently abovethe ground, and then with the majesty of a thorough under-standing of gravity and the laws of nature, tilted slightly and