Love. Loyalty. Betrayal. Love . . . the ache in your heart when you meet The One. It can take you to soaring heights; it can leave you bleeding in the wreckage. Loyalty . . . the thing which binds a Vampire Lord to his children for eternity . . . unless it spoils from within, birthing hatred. Betrayal . . . it comes in many forms and from many sources. War has come to the North American vampires, and Vampire Lords are reaching across territorial lines to strengthen allies and weaken enemies. The most powerful Lord of them all, Raphael, could change the course of the war and determine who raises the final banner of victory. But at what price? And will his mate, Cyn, be the one to pay it?