Carter's a bastard but that has little to do with being a wolf. So taking in a dying nineteen-year-old street walker provokes polar emotions in him. His unusual gesture triggers events that create a very powerful enemy in the vampire hierarchy, who uses Maggie to punish him. Turned without Red Court sanction, she faces an automatic death warrant. Carter refuses to accept Maggie must be put down, whether it's the law or not. As tensions between wolves and vampires escalate, Carter's life becomes more complicated when he falls for the beautiful vampire lord sent to negotiate an end to the month-long war his interference started.