The plot is a young girl, later a grown woman, who’s homeland is conquered by an empire. She has a mother and two fathers, which the empire tries to outlaw. Being attracted to the same-sex is also outlawed and her behavior is policed very closely once she is put into a position of power. She tries to bring down the empire through the inside, using her intellect. The empire itself prides itself on being a meritocracy, and doesn’t distinguish between the sexes. Though it comes off a bit heavy-handed with its social justice themes, it’s well-written and suspenseful.