Catherine Haustein has spent most of her life as a chemistry professor in the small town of Pella, Iowa. She attended the University of Iowa where she
got degrees in both chemistry and creative writing. She’s a mother and grandmother who took a fifteen-year hiatus from writing when her children
were at home. She enjoys walking, beaches, and public service. She blogs and has been a regular contributor to Sheros of History. Her favorite beers
are ales and stouts. Her students say that she has the world’s lightest footfall.
When Catrina moves to Cochtonville to work as a chemist for Cochton Enterprises, she has no idea how dangerous her life is about to become. A
chance meeting with Ulysses, owner of the Union Station bar, plunges her into a world of illegal condoms, vibrators, and art. As their loneliness draws
them together, they become allies in what will turn into the fight of their lives in the sexually repressive and culturally backward dystopia.
Catrina's invention, No Regrets--a scanner to test for pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections, brings increased scrutiny from the town's Vice Patrol.
Headed by an ambitious new agent, Vice Patrol hangs around Union Station, and its leader has taken up with Ulysses’ vindictive ex. Catrina's relationship
with Ulysses and her company's new products put them both in peril as she begins to understand the dark side of her employer, society, and science
But science is all she'll have to save the men of Cochtonville from a mortifying fate and Ulysses’ life.