The Red Zone is known among college faculty and administrators as that time between the beginning of classes and Thanksgiving when Freshman girls, often under the influence of alcohol or drugs, are vulnerable to rape.
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A gang of misfits, with semi-retired Detective Lang Travis on board as an onlooker, find themselves on a rusting Japanese tramp steamer drifting powerless into the far South Pacific. Fortunately, a small pirate boat sails into sight. Rescue, big money, sexual liaisons plus chaos follow on an international scale. Is justice served? Go figure.
At that time Jo McDonald, a Freshman from Omaha, was violently attacked during a party at a fraternity house. She found little justice either from the college administration, or local police.
She was on her own. She had two objectives: First earn enough money to carry out her second objective. Secondly, to seek revenge against the dozen frat brothers that she knew had participated in the assault.
She suggested that she and her boyfriend, Tim Blake, move to New York City where she hoped to find a lucrative job on Wall Street. But Tim had other ideas. He had lined up a job on a Vermont goat farm where he could tend the creatures and write a book.
Jo objected at first, but then agreed. She would strike out by herself, make money if possible and carry out her half-baked plans for revenge. All the while she and Tim would carry on a long distance romance.