He put his hands on her breasts and proceeded to knead them. Jo waited for the inevitable insult, but none was forthcoming. He pinched her nipples, hard enough to make her gasp, and smirked at her obvious discomfort.
‘A little sensitive here, are we?’
She decided she hated him more than ever. Anger helped strengthen her, pushing out her fear. Then his hand went lower, tracking slowly down over her ribs and belly, and apprehension swamped her once more. His fingers pushed between her legs. Her every instinct was to step back, away from that gross parody of a lover’s caress, and it took all her willpower just to stand still and take it. She moaned, and shivered. Her tormentor leaned forward, his lips close to her ear.
‘You know, lieutenant,’ he murmured softly, ‘I’m really going to enjoy you.’
The future is looking bleak indeed for Lieutenant Jo O’Donnell, trainee pilot in the New Worlds Alliance space fleet. Together with her friend and captain, Bel Franklin, she has fallen prey to the enemy – the hated and feared Solar League – and the two young women know they can expect little mercy at the hands of their cruel captors. Interrogation follows swiftly as sadistic League officers seek information concerning their mission.
And worse is yet to come. Transferred to a troop carrier, Jo and Bel find themselves obliged to service officers and enlisted men alike. An abortive escape attempt leads to a public flogging, then incarceration on Paradise, the ironically named League prison planet. As they soon discover to their cost, brutal guards rule here with lash and boot, and degradation and suffering are daily fare.
Can Jo and Bel win their freedom, or is death the only release from the dreaded Planet of Pain?