Ava, daughter of the captain of the Parastrata, lives with the other women on the ship in total subservience to the men. Women and girls are only allowed jobs like animal care, working in the dye room, and child care. When she gets word she is to be married to someone on a ship her family trades with she is thrilled. She thinks her future husband is Luck, the boy she's been secretly in love with for a long time. But, things don't go as planned. Ava is caught in a terrible position and forced to run for her life. She only escapes her family's wrath with the help of a supply runner heading back to Earth. Ava has to learn how to live in the place she has feared her entire life without only the name of her as a contact. Ava struggles to survive and when she finds out she might be able to go back to her home, she has to make the toughest decision of her life.
I think the ending was too abrupt. I think there were some things about Ava's life on the Parastrata that weren't explained very well.
I'm not sure if there is a sequel planned for this book or not, but I think it would make a great stand-alone.