She didn’t want to be safe. She wanted to be free.
It’s Separation Day and 12-year old Goldie is finally going to be separated from her parents and guardians. Literally separated. For in the town of Jewel, where the most important value is safety, children are always chained to a parent or guardian during the day and tied to the bedpost at night. And when they do something wrong, as Goldie is prone to do regularly, they’re put in heavy “punishment chains.”
This year the Grand Protector has lowered the separation age from 16 to 12 because she believes that Jewel is much safer than it used to be.