Narrowly escaping death at the hands of the Magistrate, Mira travels west, toward the coast. With three weakened human fugitives accompanying her, she searches for the mythical land of Sanctuary.
After encountering a pack of wolf shifters, headed by the charismatic—and brazen—Stryker, Mira learns that Sanctuary is real after all. Caldera Grove: home of the Otherkin. Hidden in the mouth of a dormant volcano, it has protected its residents from humans since the early days following the great cataclysm. For Mira— a vampire— Caldera Grove is a land of peace; an escape from the relentless persecution of the humans who once enslaved her, and an end to the daily struggle and bloodshed of being a gladiator.
For the humans accompanying her, Caldera Grove means death. Humans, greedy and untrustworthy creatures, are destroyed before they can penetrate its borders.
To plead her case for entry into Caldera, Mira must abandon her companions, albeit temporarily, and follow Stryker into the heart of the city. What she finds within Caldera Grove presents her with an unenviable decision between her own desires for freedom and peace, or honor and the human companions who risked it all for her.
Mira is tough, experienced warrior who is willing to die to protect those with her. What she doesn’t know how to do is to let anyone get close to her. Physical touch is not something she can handle, and emotional closeness is just as foreign. She does however still live by a very strict set of morals, what she feels is right and wrong. Mira and her friends make it to the outer perimeter of Sanctuary.
Stryker is an honest, caring, and strong alpha of his pack. He is in charge of perimeter security when Mira and her friends show up. After Mira’s meeting with the counsel, Stryker takes her back to her group. Stryker is an exceptional fighter, when they are attacked Stryker his pack and Mira all go on the offence.
This book is very busy, there really is no quiet time. Action starts from the beginning and just keeps going until the end. It’s a great energetic read. I was completely entertained, the whole idea that vampires are the good guys and humans are the bad and evil villains is unique to me. It completely works, and is believable. Mira is a strong, self-confident heroine that she is also a vampire is almost secondary. It matters because of the storyline but you could put her in any story with a few minor changes and she would fit. A great all round character.