Through his company, Templeton Incorporated, he owned a small fleet of armed merchantmen that he used for both trade and privateering, and was looked at with some disfavor by many Masadans because he was somewhat more dependent on technology than was preferred among the Faithful.
He married her when she was twelve and began trying to impregnate her. She had her first miscarriage a year later and a second six months after that; at sixteen she became pregnant again with a girl that Templeton wanted to abort because of his preferring male children. Judith was determined to protect the child and escape from her captivity; she had been taught to read by her parents, a fact she had hidden from everyone for years.
When she was caught reading by Templeton's senior wife Dinah, she became a member of the Sisterhood of Barbara, a secret group of women plotting their escape from Masada. They hijacked and piloted the shuttle Flower and used it to take control of one of Templeton's starships, Aaron's Rod. Templeton tried to take the vessel back, but the Manticoran light cruiser HMS Intransigent  protected the fleeing ship. (HHA4.1: PL)