|Genre:||Science fiction novella|
|Preceded by:||—And He Built a Crooked House—|
|Followed by:||Beyond Doubt|
Two well‐off Earth men are arguing about whether there is slavery on Venus, and one of them gets shanghaied there—or so he believes; they later find out that they’ve bet one another about the topic, gotten drunk, and signed on. Upon his arrival, he finds his contract sold to a farmer. His discovery that it will take him years to work off his debt is compounded by his realization that he cannot get to sleep at night without “rhira,” an expensive local narcotic, thus increasing his debt every day.