This book is about a Caravanser girl living 2000 Hope years after the arrival of humans, and more than 4000 Earth years since that ship left Earth. She is pledged to marry a man she does not love, agreeing to that bargain in order to save her family from bankruptcy.Caravansers are the long-distance traders of this desert planet. Sjila’s wagon is one of those in a caravan carrying provisions for prisoners and the troops guarding them from the Federation capital at the northern pole to its prison colony of Hell at the southern. In Hell, she meets and falls in love with Ernest Bastard, a man who grew up in one of the convict tribes. Now what should she do?