After the destruction of most of the northern world in a long-forgotten war, Madagascar and French Polynesia survive as the most powerful places on Earth. And silk stockings have become the most precious currency. Only bare-breasted noblewomen and vampire girl-slaves are permitted to wear such finery. Sindi, having been a whip-wielding slave-mistress, becomes enslaved and a smuggler of illicit stockings from Zanzibar. When the prince of Madagascar is victorious in the war against his twin brother, the prince of Zanzibar, both men fall in love with Sindi. And when it is time for the victor to choose a princess, only the girl whose legs fit the one pair of silk stockings surviving from the old times will do. And it will be her destiny to become Whip Mistress of the Islands, Princesse du Fouet, and Dame des Bas Sacr?s, Lady of the Sacred Stockings.