The story is character driven against a science fiction background and the way the various characters interact one with another.
Joanne Stevenson was born to a wealthy family and had a privileged education; prep school, public school and Oxford where she graduated in law and is a barrister in chambers in Lincolns Inn. Joanne enjoys a flourishing social life. She is unmarried but not celibate enjoying relationships with partners who meet her demanding standards. Above all she is ambitious and hopes for a glittering career in law. Then her world is changed dramatically by an event no-one could have foreseen. She and her friend Amy find themselves drawn first into a small, closed community where relationship tensions are high and then Joanne is thrown against her will into an alien society totally different from anything she could ever have imagined. She has to adjust but has one advantage; knowledge which is of value in her new environment.