Anita Blake and Richard are broken up again. He can't seem to deal with his lycanthropy or her relationship with Jean Claude. He is spending the summer finishing up his master's degree, studying the trolls of Tennessee. One day Anita gets a call from his brother Daniel. Richard is in jail for rape. This is totally out of character for Richard, and worse yet, he won't hire a lawyer because he's innocent. With the full moon only five days away, Anita and a few of the monsters rush down to save him. The master of the city will not allow Jean Claude, so Anita is basically on her own. As usual Richard is no help. There is alot more going on here than is obvious. People are being found ripped apart and the attacks are blamed on trolls, even though trolls don't kill. A rich man is trying to buy the trolls habitat to look for holy relics, and the local master is very angry and scared of the Executioner. On a good note, a local witch seems to understand some of Anita's problems and is willing to help.
This as usual was a very gripping novel. Anita is trying to balance the hit man with all of her new responsibilities. Jean Claude helps when it helps him, and Richard is more of a selfish baby than ever. Anita's character is really developing, great series.