Sure there is a back story but it is so shallow and undeveloped that it may as well not exist. Some of the worst dialogue I've ever read. People just don't talk the way these characters do. Conversation is give and take but in this series it's long winded paragraph after long winded paragraph. Ostensibly written by a woman but comes across as an adolescent male with a hankering for leading a poly amorous cult. If you enjoy dialogue where (not joking) each line starts - X said, Y said, X said, Y said...this is a series for you.