This is a haunting story about power and discrimination. Tedla is an asexual person on a planet where such people are considered to be less intelligent and properly treated as slaves. Val finds Tedla on a planet far from home, and learns her life story.
This is a powerful, heartrending book. It examines how people can justify brutal treatment of others, how the powerful never feel constrained by their own rules, how education and culture can be designed to reinforce inhumanity.