The year is 3008 and Mara is before The Panel for creating havoc in the streets. Lightner, her father, is the only one permitted to speak for her, but since he despaired of her actions he did the only thing he could do to save her from Standard Consequence. He arranged a Panel Marriage for his feisty daughter with Trand Zford, a provider who specializes in proteins. It is Lightner's opinion that life on a station will remove Mara away from the City and the corrupting influence of The Assembly. Mara believes the marriage a farce, and is shocked to learn that Trand fully intends to make her his wife. The clothing in the changing room is that of a married woman, and she is horrified to learn she must wear a chimet. Trand decides he must take command of his new bride while still in the Hall of Consequence when she refuses to permit him to place his ring on her finger. He takes her to an Applied Consequence room and spanks her soundly, and Mara tearfully agrees to behave. But will she?