Two killers are prowling the grim streets of the New England mill city of Gevaudan; two killers on an inevitable collision course that will leave the moldering city bruised and bloodied. The first is killing children and dumping their lifeless bodies near a disused strip of freshwater beach, stomping ground to the notorious Ghosts motorcycle gang. The second is targeting Gevaudan’s most vile criminals, leaving them mutilated and burned and reeking of ‘Brimstone’ with an ethereal cat’s cry echoing in the sulfurous air.
Chase Christian, freelance video ‘stringer’ is a busy man, keeping Connie Moncrief, producer of the late night news spot, The Dark Side, supplied with sensational footage of the gruesome events. Chase’s new love interest, Dolores Kane a woman who has lived through her own horror story, does not share in his enthusiasm. But Chase’s thrill wanes when a tip from his inside source at the Gevaudan PD lands him in the middle of the investigation.
Detective Eve Teschal, a woman whose gypsy heritage has gifted her with a unique talent for solving the most unusual crimes, is desperate to lay the ‘Night Stalker’ mutilation case to rest. Still reeling from the grisly Blue Moon murder investigation of the previous summer, Teschal is convinced that something incomprehensible is stalking the run-down tenements and rain-slicked alleyways of Gevaudan.
And as the body count rises and the political pressures mount the bloody trail of clues leads Teschal and her police allies and Chase and his impromptu investigators deeper into the nocturnal lore of the old city to the forgotten places where darkness dwells and ancient evil awaits any who trespass.