In Penteminas 10,010 XA, the wife of Alexshire?'s Marshal was murdered by a Vampire, triggering a city-wide hunt for the culprit.

At least, that was how it began. As it turned out, there was more to the murder of Layla Oisin than had previously met the eye, and as tensions between Vampires and Elysians reached riot levels, a small band of citizens set about finding the truth.

They were shocked to discover that the murder was a deliberate attempt to incite anger and mistrust against the Black Rose? cabal so another vampire group, led originally by Sirius Stradivarius (before he was murdered by one of his own men), could claim their territory.