What is a woman for? In this dystopian novel, set in an easily recognizable future, abortion is illegal, in-vitro fertilization is banned, and embryos have the protections of the Personhood amendment that extends the full rights of life, liberty, and property to the unborn.

The novel explores five women: a mother in a bad marriage, a teacher trying to get pregnant on her own who is writing a novel about a 19th century female polar explorer, a gifted student unexpectedly pregnant, and a recluse who provides herbal remedies of all kinds to the women of the nearby town. No easy answers here, but lots of questions.