Newly-ascended to Matriarch of the North America Region vampires, Serena Longer must deal with Ariel, her thirteen-going-on-thirty daughter, who has by vampire law and tradition become the First Councilwoman of the North America Region.
Even in the best of times, adjusting to the new dynamics in their mother-daughter relationship would be difficult. This is not the best of times; not with the ongoing vampire war that threatens to destroy the veil of secrecy that shields vampires from human awareness. According to vampire law, failure of the Matriarch and the First Councilwoman to stop the war from unraveling the veil of secrecy will cost Serena and Ariel their lives.
Meanwhile, General of the Guardians Alexis Night Runner, Serena’s lover, has upped the pressure for them to get married. But, marriage means something very different to vampires than to humans.
While Alexis is increasingly away from the estate on military business, under the Alliance of Artemis, Guard Amber of the Werepanthers has been dispatched with a number of werepanthers to Phoenix Estate to join the vampire forces.
Serena’s powerful attraction to the sexy Were heats up during Alexis’ absences. And, regardless of Serena’s love for Alexis, the condition of vampirism imposes certain demands for blood and lust that will not be ignored.
Just days away from returning to the estate, Alexis is attacked by a werepanther and captured. By the time she escapes, her life is forever changed. Shortly after returning to Serena’s estate, Alexis is awakened to discover that Ariel has gone missing.
Torn by a failing relationship with Serena and Ariel’s disappearance, Alexis is hard put to adjust to the changes in her own life. But she must. Somehow, she and Serena must face their own demons, find Ariel, and stop Matriarch Helena Outterridge from destroying their people. The only alternative is too devastating to contemplate.