Nga and HanSwi are "display girls" in the Sultan's harem, their legal, exquisite bodies pierced, jeweled, and even modified for display at banquets and state affairs. They overhear International intrigues, resulting in Nga's agony until she escapes. HanSwi hides, but is found and, it seems, will be thrown to the mob that has gathered to take part in taking her apart. More
Any erotic description and depiction in this story is secondary to the import of the pages as actual literature. Considered are the horrors of war -- the desecration of cultures -- yet the actual need for such Globalist-attritions to encompass populations within advanced survival systems . . . from philosophic and socio-political commentary -- from environmental and economic examinations . . . . the pages present the paradox (only peppered with prurience) that is reality. But further, the very writing of this story is such that thematic and imagic "composition" actually entails "orchestration" of words and syntax, even achieving a fusion of milieux. At least all the above is what I've intended!!