Still a virgin at 23, Nathan Edrich is a research student with a vivid imagination and very little money. In his dreams heís a sex-slave; the plaything of a beautiful, buxom mistress who keeps him chained in her dungeon, his only purpose in life being to service her appetites and those of the friends, acquaintances and clients with whom she chooses to share him. His imaginary life is spent in irons, sometimes gagged, sometimes blind, giving and receiving sexual pleasure, day after day, month after month, year after year. The slightest sign of insubordination, or any sign that heís less than 100% committed to the satisfaction of one of his users, means the lash, or a week on bread and water, or hours spent in contorted, excruciating bondage.
The reality of his life is very different. Although highly intelligent and quick-witted, he is very shy, and his social isolation is exacerbated by his work in dusty and scattered archives, often staying in small, cheap guest houses out of season. During a January visit to Edinburgh, in particularly cold, damp weather, he is particularly vulnerable. He believes that itís purely by chance that the owner of his bed-and-breakfast is a mature but lovely woman who is also in need of company. Itís also by chance that she had a pair of police handcuffs handy, and is happy to satisfy his curiosity about the way theyíll feel on his wrists. While he tried them out, she toys with him for a while, and then takes him into her cellar, where his new life begins.
Nathan soon finds that his imagination fell far short of the reality of life as a pleasure slave. The woman who seeks to own him body and soul has varied interests and connections, and a bisexual lover whose body is as desirable and voluptuous as her own. He soon finds out that sex-slavery is a widespread and well-organised phenomenon, and that, as a young, handsome and capable newcomer, he is an extremely valuable and sought-after piece of property.