In the middle of the 21st Century, the punishment of serious crime has taken a novel twist. Criminals, of both sexes, are transmuted into slaves and become the playthings of the wealthy. Some are purchased to make specialist movies...fights, both common and gladiatorial; and lastly, the punishment of the criminals. William Southman made movies. His slaves had it hardest but as long as they put their all into their work, he only kept them for around five years and then put in a recommendation to the government that they be freed... as long as they had learned their lesson, anyway.