Beautiful, blonde Connie Renner and her husband had spent fourteen months alone together in the tropics -- completely isolated from all civilization.
Their return to Los Angeles had been bleak. The boat basin was deserted and cluttered with debris. Their neighbors in the swank bay... read more
Reed and Connie Renner return to Los Angeles Harbor after a isolating fourteen-month sailing trip together in the Pacific. Having undertaken it in an effort to ave their failing marriage, they are reconciled to splitting. When they arrive at the dock, however, they find the harbor a mess, and... read more (warning: may contain spoilers)
Reed and Connie Renner return to Los Angeles Harbor after a isolating fourteen-month sailing trip together in the Pacific. Having undertaken it in an effort to ave their failing marriage, they are reconciled to splitting. When they arrive at the dock, however, they find the harbor a mess, and find the city similarly unkempt as they drive home. It is only when Reed goes to get groceries that he notices the near-total absence of women -- the only ones they have seen since their return are two teenage African American girls being escorted from school by a large contingent of police. It is only when Reed is able to reach his law partner, Matt Healy, that he learns what has happened: nearly every woman on Earth of child-bearing age is dead, the result of an illness most likely caused by the test detonation of a dirty nuclear bomb. Those that survive are unable to conceive children, and now require constant protection from the overabundant male population. The Renners soon experience this protection firsthand, as an armed force sets up defensive positions around their home.
A top attorney, Reed soon finds himself involved in the government's efforts to hold society together. Women are a premium commodity now, with mobsters enjoying much influence by controlling access to the ones under their control. When the elevator operator at Matt's office building shows up beaten after his wife is kidnapped, Reed and Matt travel to the fortress-like home of Tony Acaro, the local mobster who has kidnapped her. Exploiting old ties with Acaro, they succeed in gaining access to his compound, where they discover that the woman has committed suicide. Arrested, Acaro threatens Reed and taunts him about his wife. That evening Reed returns home to discover that his wife was assaulted by one of the technicians at the hospital she went to for her medical exam, for which the technician was summarily executed. After they finish their dinner, they hear a crowd outside which demands Connie be brought to them. They are driven off by the military force guarding the Renner home, with considerable loss of life.
A couple of days later, Reed is summoned to a high-level meeting. Rumors are rampant about sexual perversion at the women's prison in Mercerville, exacerbating tensions to the point that the authorities are concerned that the men in the surrounding community might storm the prison to rape the inmates. Sent to assess the situation, he meets Kathy Cervantes, the head of the prison and a former crush of Reed's. He is soon able to ascertain that the accusations are true, and that Kathy and many of her staff are lesbians who are exploiting the prisoners there. As Reed moves to address the situation, Kathy presents herself to the mob outside the prison's walls and is raped to death.
After dealing with the aftermath of the crisis in Mercerville, Reed returns to Los Angeles. As he and his wife attempt to heal their broken marriage, Reed learns that Tony Acaro has been released on bail, winning a reprieve from execution by bribing the California attorney general. A few days later, as he is leaving a rally at the Hollywood Bowl, Acaro attempts to assassinate Reed but fails. Now a wanted man, Acaro plans to revenge himself against Reed by kidnapping Connie. Using his connection with a corrupt Army officer, Acaro succeeds in breaking into Reed and Connie's home while Reed is distracted, but his efforts to kidnap Connie are frustrated by Joe Phillips, one of the soldiers on guard at the Renner residence, who kills Acaro in a fight. With Joe mortally wounded and delirious, Connie grants him his last wish and makes love to him. The young soldier dies as Connie hears on the radio of a rash of confirmed pregnancies, offering hope for humanity's survival.
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