Livia Fabius, a Taurus house patrician, leaves for her first semester of college intending to build a life outside of Caesarea. Considered a rogue, she experiences contempt from Caesarean society rather than the acceptance she desires. Then Corvin Tullius, son of the Paterfamilias of Lupus house, shows up as a student on campus. At first, Livia hates having Corvin around but the longer they are together the harder it gets to hide her long-suppressed attraction to him. When they return to Caesarea for the fall founding festival Livia confronts her lack of status and admits her true feelings to Corvin.