Joan Darris who is stuck between her art, her duty to the state and escaping to a radical free colony known as St. Clives where there is no forced duty. Secondly the depiction of male sexuality in the book delves into the varied desires of men. Some men just want to have sex, while others are looking for a emotional, spiritual or social connection in as much or more than just a sexual experience.
Like so much of the best Sci Fi the book was dealing with culture, life styles, and the freedom of the individual. It has been many years since I read the book, and I think my copy went in the great purge of 2002, but it's one that I think is worth revisiting. It appears it is currently out of print, but used copies are out there and of course an E-book version.