The primary setting of this novel is Triton, one of many settled moons in the solar system. It has a society seemingly free of gender roles and sexual prejudices. The main character, Bron Helstrom, thinks he fits in but eventually realizes that he does not. He then tries to find his place in this society.
The novel begins with Bron returning home from his job as a metalogician and looking through the crowd of people to see if anyone else is as reasonably happy as he is. He visits a government ego booth, but it malfunctions, so he decides to walk home through the unlicensed area, a part of the city of Tethys deliberately set aside by urban planners to fall outside the laws of society. On his way, he meets a woman who takes him to a microtheater production. Microtheater is presented to only one person at a time. Bron is enthralled with the performance and with the woman, the Spike, who created and directed it.
He returns to his co-op, one set up to house males without regard to sexual orientation. The Spike is still on his mind. He tries to explain his feelings toward her to Lawrence, an elderly homosexual man who is his friend, but he fails. He tries to forget the woman but is drawn back to her the next day by his new assistant at work. He has a brief affair with the Spike, but she leaves Tethys.
Because of an impending war between the moons and the Earth/Mars alliance, Bron is laid off from his job. His friend Sam, a government...
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