Women live apart from men, sheltering the remains of civilisation. They have cut themselves off with walls and by ordinance from marauding males. Waging war is all men are good for. Men are allowed to fight their barbaric battles . . . amongst themselves, garrison against garrison. But all the secrets of civilisation are strictly the possession of women.
Naturally, there are men who want to know what the women know . . . and when Stavia meets Chernon, the battle of the sexes begins all over again . . .