Thendara House was where the Order of Renunciates dwelled – the women known as Free Amazons, who had renounced all subservience to men and who sought for total equality in all spheres of society.  To Thendara House came the Terran Magda in exchange for the Free Amazon Jaelle, wo had become the wife of an Earthman and had entered the Terran enclave.  The theme of two cultures – one male-dominated, one egalitarian – brings into focus allt he deepest questions of love and marriage; male and female and justice and injustice.