Anita Blake has faced great horrors in her career as a vampire hunter and an animator of
the undead, but being left in a dungeon with an army of were-rats is hardly her idea of a
good time. Fortunately, she is able to escape when her vampire hosts intercede, but her
good luck seems short-lived when she is brought before Nikolaos, the master vampire of
St. Louis. What Nikolaos wants is unclear, but one thing is certain - even an experienced
vampire hunter like Anita cannot stand against a being as powerful as this! But can she
survive the night?