This is a story of a girl named Alex, who is raised on a planet called Heaven, but it was more like hell. It’s a hard life, and when she gets the chance to find a husband, she marries a space trader who turns out to be anything but kind.
She learns how to survive by becoming valuable to the crew of the ship they travel in by becoming a good cook. Because she is unhappy, she eats and gains a lot of weight. When her husband has something terrible done to her and has her hair dyed a bright red, she is called Big Red.
When the trade ship they are in is taken over by the crew, she accidently becomes a hero, and her husband takes over the ship. When trade doesn’t go well, they end up on a new planet called Paradise where they open a bar and restaurant.
Big Red’s life is hard and unhappy, but when “the people” arrive, things change.