I have lived in Stepford my whole life.

It is all I know.

My mother, Denise Finnigan, is part of the book club, a chair member of the Steford Volunteers Committee, and a hard-working stay-at-home mom.

My father, Elward Finnigan, is an upstanding gentleman, he spends his days golfing or at the men's association.

I, Lacey Finnigan, do not possess any positive qualities to speak of. No one under twenty does in Stepford. My only worth comes from my parents.

That is the way Stepford works.

And we like it that way.

When I say "we", of course I mean myself and all my peers.

We enjoy being highly neglected by our parents. They do not care where we are, or what we are doing. We are not obliged to attend any fancy parties. It is unnecessary for us to worry about cleaning.

And we abuse that neglect.