The captain of a family-owned starship arranges a marriage for her son in hopes of achieving faster-than-light travel and maybe, just maybe, marital bliss.
Before Hisako Saski is even born, her parents arrange a marriage contract for her. In exchange for a boost out of the poverty, and to pay for her education, Hisako will marry Adem Sadiq, a musician and maintenance engineer who works the trade lanes aboard his family's sub-light starship, The Hajj.
The bride-to-be is understandably not thrilled with the idea of marrying who she perceives to be a pampered stranger. But sparks fly when the betrothed finally meet, except they're not the kind that necessarily lead to light years of marital bliss...
R.W.W. Greene is a New Hampshire USA writer with an MA in Fine Arts, which he exorcises in dive bars and coffee shops. He is a frequent panelist at the Boskone Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention in Boston, and his work has been in Stupefying Stories, Daily Science Fiction, New Myths, and Jersey Devil Press, among others. Greene is a past board member of the New Hampshire Writers' Project. He keeps bees, collects typewriters, and lives with writer/artist spouse Brenda and two cats.