Jack Corbet has been chosen, just not in the traditional way. When the Eoeans demand another sacrifice, the human government doesn't want to give up one of their upstanding citizens. Though completely innocent, convicted felon Jack is pretty indifferent to being chosen as the aliens' latest sacrifice. Arming himself with the hypothesis that Eoeans can't be that bad, he steps willingly into the unknown. Kelr, an Eoean diplomat, doesn't really want a human. Being half Renka, he is disturbed by the touch of others and doesn't want to risk becoming enamored with one. What he doesn't count on is a human determined to have him, or the unexpected pleasure Jack's touch brings him. However, criminals are considered inferior goods to the alien government, and Jack might find himself in hot water well before he and Kelr are comfortable in their newfound relationship.