Instead of powerful forces storming Seattle, a more insidious invasion is happening. Most of Joanne Walker's fellow cops are down with the blue flu—or rather the blue sleep. Yet there's no physical cause anyone can point to—and it keeps spreading.
It has to be magical, Joanne figures. But what's up with the crazy dreams that hit her every time she closes her eyes? Are they being sent by Coyote, her still-missing spirit guide? The messages just aren't clear.
Somehow Joanne has to wake up her sleeping friends while protecting those still awake, figure out her inner-spirit dream life and, yeah, come to terms with these other dreams she's having about her boss….
Officer Joanne Walker of the Seattle PD, a 26-year-old shaman-in-progress, combats a mysterious sleeping sickness in Murphy's intriguing third romantic fantasy (after 2006's Thunderbird Fall). The "blue flu" has infected most of the Seattle police force, including Jo's boss (and future sweetie?), Capt. Michael Morrison. Jo pops in and out of fantastic flashbacks and lucid dreams as she learns more about her powers and her past with the help of her colorful spirit guide, Coyote, who suddenly goes missing. To vanquish the evil causing the plague, she must deal with troublesome newcomers Barbara and Mark Bragg, part Navajo twins, who've been working on a quantum physics project involving wormholes. Jo resorts to some major Cherokee-Celtic mojo to wake everyone up to the dangers of the Braggs' experiments, which allow dark butterfly demons and a Navajo god to enter present-day Seattle. Jo's romantic issues with Mark and Michael add fuel to the paranormal proceedings.