Cadiz, February 1991 Having spent months searching for Kin, Helene has found nothing and no one. One afternoon she glances out of a cafe window and finds a young vampire gazing back at her. Marron is everything Dreyfuss was not: weak, destitute, female. They travel together until ghosts rise up and split them apart. Helene carries on through Europe, using Marron’s introduction to meet others but it is clear that none trust Dreyfuss’s Changeling. In Paris, Lucifer’s Stepdaughter welcomes her into the Vampire Caverns with open arms, but intrigue and artifice are everywhere. Sensing danger Helene travels on, seeking out the Lord of the Rivers. He supplies her with answers, but none are to her liking: she must make her own future, as do they all. Despite everyone’s best attempts, the ghosts rise again, and once more she moves on, alone. The call goes out, the vampire world put on alert: Dreyfuss is in Paris and he wants his Changeling back. Under the rules of the Kin, she must return, but to what? And why Paris?
And who will help her resist, when to do so is to invite death?
Turin, July 1994 In the aftermath of the Moonchild ceremony, Helene is disappeared and the vampire world in flux. No one knows quite what happened, and exactly what the cost was. The dead have been buried and rumour and panic constantly sweep through the communities. Everyone is confused and uneasy and the shadows whisper that she is gone and that nothing will stop the rise of the raging covens in the New World. Paul Jordan holds Vincenze to him closely. He has lost too many, too often, and he fears the darkness may finally swallow them all. They live their lives in hope that she is alive, that all is not lost. One summer’s evening, as they return to their parked car, they find a note. They have only a few hours to get to Geneva to meet the one who wrote it. They drive like the wind...