In a contemporary country where perfection is paramount, a court of three judges in the Guild decides if people are Flawed and imparts judgement that can result in imprisonment or branding. Giving assistance to anyone judged to be Flawed is considered a major Flaw. When well-liked, attractive, good student, Celestine North, the daughter of a model and a journalist sees a Flawed old man on the bus about to collapse she helps him into a vacant seat for for the Flawless. She is arrested and in a political maelstrom determined to be Flawed starting up an uprising.
Celestine is a wonderful character who while always trying to be perfect still discovers there is more to life. The dystopian society is horrifying, reminiscent of Salem during the witch trials. I'm looking forward to seeing more from Ahern in the future.