"Atomic war. It had been instituted by men - overriding the desires of women and plunging the world into destruction. Finally - the vast armies shattered, women succeed as rulers, and under successive Matriarchs the world recovers. To maintain global peace the Matriarch employs official assassins under the chief of Security Police. But when orders are issued for the assassination of the apparently harmless Don Burgarde, her personal secretary Lyra decides to intervene. The seeds of rebellion are being sown." -- Jacket.