How important is the unlife of a single vampire in the secret war that rages in the Final Nights? That's what Michael Luther asks himself when his beloved childe dies. What good is fighting a war when the things you love will inevitably be ripped away? What good is obedience to the Traditions when the Kindred in power don't care if you survive or perish'? What reward is there in continuing to exist when all that made you human is dead?
As Michael investigates the circumstances of his child's death and gets drawn into the web of deception and treachery that brought it about, he discovers the answers to these questions. And he discovers that the strongest passion to live on after death is the thirst for vengeance.