It has taken ruthless dedication for Rachel Develin to achieve her elite status as a Fidelis Officer in ASO, a society born from the remains of old Britain. Here in 2050, the role of the family has been redefined and, under the leadership of Magnamater Beatrice, people live in age-related regions. In Abovo, trained professionals named Maters rear all children before they graduate to Suris, where they stay and contribute until they reach 55 and are obliged to resort to Olim. It is a time of limited resources when all energy and water supplies are strictly controlled, each garment is recycled and every child is an eagerly awaited prize.Rachel's highly developed physical and intellectual abilities have always commanded respect, but privately the strain is now telling. While her fragile union with Ben has survived his infidelities, she struggles to suppress the need to be with her daughter, Bera, and to ignore the growing social unrest. Her latest assignment begins with a routine interrogation, but her investigations are forced in a more unpredictable direction by the unaccountable death of her superior officer, Josie Kitchener, with whom she has had a long and volatile relationship. Her discoveries, and the punishments she must administer and endure, force stark choices that irreversibly challenge her loyalties and threaten the stability of ASO itself. This book is accompanied by a CD featuring original music tracks written and performed by the author.