In the wake of the disastrous events of the last book, there is no place left for Vesper amongst either the Nighters or the renegades. The rules that had once governed the vampire world have begun to collapse under the weight of a terrible new threat: Humanity has seen the truth.
The Vatican unleashes a terrible religious furor upon them, and the Nighters are helpless to fight back. Their own rules forbid them from killing humans. All they can do is try to save the renegades from their own fearsome predatory instincts, before it's too late for all of them. The problem is, those who choose their own path through the night refuse to talk to the Nighters, and both are caught up in the desperate struggle to survive.
Even in the deepest pits of despair, drowning on a sea of hatred, the seeds of hope begin to sprout. The end is only the beginning. Perhaps there is something beyond what the eye can see. Perhaps… there is destiny?