This first adventure follows the story of a bonder, Kylie, and a pampered teen, Affroditey - both thrown together as their prescribed roles in society change. Kylie becomes the mouthpiece of the god, Odin, and gains political advantage and freedom as a result. Affroditey finds herself reduced to penury after her father's suicide, and sold off as a bonder by her uncaring stepmother. Brought together by Kylie's young son, who has been 'adopted' by Affroditey's employers, the two girls decide to escape as pioneers to Mars, where they will help to set up a new society.
Susan Price is the highly acclaimed author of many novels for children and young adults and has won many awards for her work, including The Other Award, 1974 for Twopence a Tub; The Carnegie Medal, 1987 for The Ghost Drum; and The Guardian Children's Fiction Prize, 1999 for The Sterkarm Handshake.