Jarra lives in the future, where the majority of mankind has traveled on to other planets and the defects, those with an immune system that cannot survive off Earth, are left on the home planet. Jarra takes a risk and applies to a prestigious non-Earth school's History program. She shows her worth and ingenuity during her year in the program, where she proves to herself and others that an ""ape girl"" is just as great of a person as Offworlders.
The premise is interesting and unique, but the plot is clunky and uninteresting after the first couple of chapters. It moves slowly, very little happens, and the characters experience almost no change or development. The book is interesting for those wishing to use fiction to discuss environmental issues, but not for those wanting a pleasant science fiction read.