Peace may hinge on secrecy, but in the bayous of Texas, Carter learns about the speed of communication—telephone, telegraph, tell-a-hick. Intrigue smacks him in the face on a trip he hopes deals with a single case of a rogue wolf, but fears an entire unsanctioned pack, the most powerful lycans in the world. His redneck new hire has been arrested for a murder he couldn't have committed. The metasexual vampire Lord Elizabeth is back in his life. The local bumpkin drama pulls him in five directions. And again his mentor may be undermining Carter's agenda for his own ends.