Once again Serafina, the heroine of Robert Beatty's first book, will face sinister enemies and a mystery that hides a great threat.
Serafina’s defeat of the Man in the Black Cloak has brought her out of the gloom of the basement and into the daylight realm of her home, Biltmore Estate. Every night she visits her catamount mother in the forest, eager to learn the ways of the wild. But Serafina finds herself caught between her two worlds: she’s too wild for Biltmore’s beautifully dressed ladies and formal customs, and too human to fully join her kin. Late one night, Serafina encounters a strange and terrifying figure in the forest, and is attacked by the vicious wolfhounds that seem to be under his control. Even worse, she’s convinced that the stranger was not alone, that he has sent his accomplice into Biltmore in disguise. Someone is wreaking havoc on the estate. A mysterious series of attacks test Serafina’s role as Biltmore’s protector, culminating in a tragedy that tears Serafina’s best friend and only ally, Braeden Vanderbilt, from her side. Heartbroken, she flees. Deep in the forest, Serafina comes face-to-face with the evil infecting Biltmore and discovers its reach is far greater than she’d ever imagined. All the humans and creatures of the Blue Ridge Mountains are in great danger. For Serafina to defeat it, she must search deep inside herself and embrace the destiny that has always awaited her.