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It is the year 2999. On the borders of Man's vast Empire the barbarians are watching with envious eyes and preparing for war.
As the weak Emperor vacillates, Kyra and Millie, two of the most beautiful girls taken captive when the Evening Star was boarded and plundered, have been sent as gifts to the Great Kzam, the Atkoi overlord. They will be trained as concubines in his harem on Ziandakush.
But as war looms, there is a traitor in the Kzam's camp who has plans of her own for Kyra. Kyra will become an unwilling pawn in a plot against the barbarian tyrant.
And on Akkadis, the other slave girls fare no better. Sisters, Juliet and Janina are sold to the Arena where they will compete in the terrifying Games to entertain the jaded spectators.
Others are sold to a brothel.
There they meet Amanda and Honeysuckle Alba, who have been accused of treason and condemned to slavery. Amanda hopes for freedom and revenge, but her plan goes disastrously wrong. She is caught up in a web of intrigue and sparks off a diplomatic incident which plunges the known galaxy into cataclysmic war.