The author recounts key aspects of her life in this memoire that focuses mostly on her stint at a courtesan in a harem for the royal family in Brunei. Prior to this interlude in her life she reviews aspects of her upbringing with her adoptive parents that alternate from endearing to abusive (the latter occurring from her father, a broker with a penchant for playing show tunes on the piano).From an early age she pursues a course as an actress and continues this at NYU where she stays only for a short time before dropping out. To make ends meet she turns to one of life's oldest professions and this ultimately leads to time in the royal castle/compound where she caters to the needs of the royal family, specifically the males but with considerable material benefits. Most of the action in the harem has to do with the infighting and competition within the ranks of the women who come from many different countries such as Thailand, Malaysia, etc. Life in Brunei is luxurious but restricted as well as "monitored." The author tells her story in the first person with warmth, color, humor, candidness and a good writing style. For the most part she manages to carry the story along and keep one entertained.