A story about growing up gay in a world where slavery is an accepted institution. Contains graphic scenes.
Andrew Ashton grows up in a world very similar to ours, but where slavery has been reintroduced. While trying to deal with growing up gay and looking for romance, the institution of slavery begins to intrude uncomfortably in his life.
Andrew is a spoiled, little rich kid. So are his friends. He's not a bad person. He's just a bit conceited. He knows he will one day inherit the family fortune, so who cares about grades, work or whatever. He discovers that people seem to find him reasonably attractive, which only goes to confirm him in his complacency.
Little rich kids have their troubles too. He realizes he's gay and that he has a major crush on his best friend Sean Denham, the youngest scion of a political dynasty. In his society slavery is an accepted institution. More, it is regarded as a vital component to keep the economy running smoothly. It is the least of Andrew's concerns, wrapped up as he is in his own romantic troubles.
That is, until the institution of slavery becomes more and more a real, even menacing factor.