Pearl Caldwell wakes up in New Orleans, anxious to see the final days of the World's Fair, when she finds her companion, J.D. Bath, has taken everything, including her credit cards and money. She is stranded.
Six weeks later, Pearl is in the French Quarter celebrating her job with her friends when two officers approach and take her to jail. She is being charged with prostitution and procuring, having been mistaken for a notorious madam. And the fun is just beginning.
Thrown in among women of different classes and backgrounds, she feels scared and alone. To survive, she must learn to trust murderers, prostitutes, thieves, vagrants, the mentally ill and child abusers. To make matters worse, one of the women is determined to make sure that Pearl never sees the light of day again.
Cover art by Aubrey Boneau & Michael Reighn.