Narrator Joel Desmodus describes life in his clan of humanlike beings: their matriarchal social structure, their occasional forays for blood (usually from cattle), and their southward migration in the fall, when the females hibernate and the males party.
But this year custom goes awry. Joel's niece Meredith, unlike all the other females, resists hibernation and thus gives birth surrounded by the irresponsible and indifferent males. Joel cannot ignore the danger -- especially when he notices that Meredith's antisocial brother Rory is taking an unhealthy interest in the clan's newest member. While trying to protect little Eli, Joel learns a horrific secret about how Desmodus babies are… Read more