Dystopian A/B/O where unmated Omegas without family willing to support them live in state-run or private breeding facilities. In return for their upkeep, they are forced to bare pups for unmated Alphas or infertile couples.
Alpha Dean Smith has never taken the time to find a mate, too interested in his career. He is the favourite to succeed his boss as head of the company, but his boss has hinted he’d like for Dean to be a family man. That doesn’t necessarily mean having a mate, but it does mean having children.
Dean applies to a private breeding agency and is paired with Castiel, an omega who’s been in the facility for about five years. Castiel has already delivered three healthy pups since he’s been used for breeding. Dean meets him, and his handlers, and views the whole thing as a business arrangement. Contacts are signed, Castiel seems complacent and fine with the whole idea.
Castiel is inseminated artificially, but Dean arranges for him to move out of the breeding facility and to his home for the length of the pregnancy and a further six months afterwards until the baby is old enough to be weaned. Dean wants to be involved through every step, caring more for the precious cargo that Castiel is carrying than the Omega himself.
That begins to change however. Dean finds it strange adjusting to having an Omega in his house, especially one who’s pregnant with his pup. Both his and Cas’s hormones are going crazy, telling them they’ve supposed to be mated. Dean doesn’t want a mate, especially one from a breeding facility who’s been used by other Alphas, so he shuns Castiel.
Then, in the middle of the night, he wakes up to hear Castiel crying. He goes to Castiel’s room, forgetting his prejudices, his body telling him his Omega needs him. He comforts Castiel, hugging him tightly, and finally Castiel tells him how much he hates living in the breeding facility, how much he loves and misses the children who’ve been taken away from him and how frightened he is of loosing this baby once Dean doesn’t need him any more.
In that moment, Dean decides he doesn’t care about becoming the new company boss. He has a new goal in life. He needs to save Cas and then he needs to shut down those breeding facilities once and for all.