Beth's mother is dead...she died a horrifically slow, painful death at the hands of her "family". and nine-year-old Elspeth Tremaine, hiding a thousand miles away, felt every last excruciating second of it. For a long time afterward Beth didn't feel much of anything at all. Until she met Max. With him she learned what it was like to live and love again for the first time in fifteen years.
But her father is very much alive...Although she's never met him, he's been watching her, and so have his followers. And they know that as long as max is in the picture, Beth will have little interest in renewing old family ties. But Max's death has an unexpected side effect - instead of forcing her into the dark embrace of her family, it reawakens her awesome power.