Seventeen cycles of the distant star (years) after Sorak and 1562/Nasa escaped from the city to find a peaceful haven to bring up their son, Lenar, their idyll has become a nightmare. They are increasingly unable to sustain themselves and they need to find another place of refuge. Unbeknown to Sorak and Nasa, things in the city have changed dramatically. The rebellion inspired to a degree by their quest for freedom and independence degenerated into a series of brutal and repressive male dominated administrations. Eventually a triumvirate of more thoughtful and moderate men emerges but equality with women is still a thought too far. Sorak and Nasa's search for a new home is interrupted by contact with a group of female soldiers in the mountains far from the city, and their introduction to male soldiers. A number of young women and girls accompany the solders, one of whom Desak, attracts Lenar's attention. The group leader Kragar, a former Senate Guard officer, is known to and disliked by Sorak. Kragar updates them on the situation in the city. Meetings with women's resistance groups who have escaped the city, and patrols of male soldiers force Sorak and Nasa to recognise the changes that have taken place and to rethink their plans. Nonetheless they need to deliver Desak to where she can be safe in the city. Can they save Desak and rebuild the broken society?
Hedley Harrison graduated from London University and joined a major oil company, progressing to senior management and seeing service in the UK, Nigeria, Australia and the North Sea. He has published four other novels with The Book Guild: Coup in 2011, Disunited States in 2013, China Wife in 2015 and Sorak's Redemption in 2016.