Claire Danvers has come to realise that the undead of Morganville just want to live their lives. But there's a new extreme sport being broadcast over the Internet: bare-knuckle fights pitting captured vampires against one another - or, worse, against humans. What started as an online brawl will soon threaten everyone in Morganville.
Osbern de Lench is known far and wide as a hard master, whose temper is perpetually frayed. His horse returns to the hall riderless one day and the lifeless body of the lord is found soon after.\r\nWas it the work of thieves, or something closer to home? Hugh Bradecote, the wily Serjeant Catchpoll and apprentice Walkelin have suspects aplenty.
When Claire and her friends return to Morganville, it seems that an organisation called the Daylight Foundation has offered the population of Morganville something they've never had: hope of a vampire-free future. And while it sounds like salvation - even for the vampires themselves - the truth is far more sinister and deadly.