Jude Rowe has survived six years in the Wards, a maximum-security prison, but now Earth Intelligence is offering her a way out. The price: a one way trip to Arkoi, an Eden-like planet with childlike, primitive natives and a thriving human colony. But there is something terribly wrong with this picture of paradise. Every expedition sent beyond the colony's borders has disappeared. The few survivors who eventually struggle back are totally, permanently insane.
"Not much sci-fi, ill-conceived plot"
As the planet slowly becomes toxic to all forms of life, the world's great cities turn to dome technology, enclosing themselves in fields of energy and creating their own private ecospheres. But the price of survival is high, and for all who fail to obey the laws, punishment is expulsion Outside, where life is brutal and short. This is a world where Art and culture have been sacrificed and only two citadels of creativity remain.