Melle had it all-wealth, power, prestige and the love of Dulce C ur, the greatest musical composer of the Golden Age of Euterpe. When the bubble of Melle's life bursts, she returns to her home planet Hattonia and buys the Intrinsic, a secondhand spaceship. In the bargain, she gets Michael, its android pilot. Eighty-one years later in a remote area of space, Michael ceases to function and Melle faces a future alone. In the depths of her grief over losing Michael, she realizes she was fooling herself. She had thought of Michael as loyal, efficient, and reliable, but he was more-she loved him. Now Melle kws that love was t a rose as Dulce always insisted. Love was a tenacious weed that could never be destroyed. Docking on Calypso, Melle finds herself on an alien world. She is 113 years old and disconnected from her natural time and place, but her life was getting started yet again.