The planet Respite seems at first to be a rural paradise, but Lemuel Oneway, fugitive from Earth, soon finds a darker side to its primitive culture.
Corruption is widespread. Power is abused. Children are abused. It is with good reason that the army of street children refer to themselves as ‘The Disposables’.
Oneway is horrified by the evil he sees all around him. When he learns that a good friend has been hurt, it becomes personal.
There are a few, a precious few, struggling to oppose the plutocrats that rule Respite. He offers to help in any way he can, but, to use his own words:
What was I? Just one man, not powerful, not godlike. And not – dare I even face the thought? – not always as brave as I wished.