Immortal vampires lurk in the nights of the modern world, hidden from the eyes of mortals by an elaborate masquerade and the traditions of their sect, the Camarilla. But for every blood-drinker towing the line, six others forget their place and revel in the power of undeath. Heretics and anarchs press in on every side, and the whole of undead society teeters on the edge of collapse. Standing in the way of this chaos is the strong arm of the Camarilla, Theo Bell, archon, enforcer and executioner among the undead. He is quick on the draw, potent in the blood, and those who'd challenge the traditions have reason to feare him.
But Theo has his own problems. In the Midwest, he discovers evidence of a new breed of slavery in which mortal criminals and vampiric degenerates collect human specimens to suit particular tastes. Bound by his own sense of honour and obligations going back to the Victorian Age, Theo begins a hunt that will ultimately shake the foundations of the Camarilla itself - and may cost him his own freedom.