Sookie has just tied on her cocktail waitress apron for a night's work when a special report comes on the television. The time has come. The wereanimals have revealed themselves. Although a strong reaction might be expected from the humans in Bon Temps, Louisiana, everything goes smoothly for a while. Then a mutilated werepanther body is found. And worse still, a race of inhumans far older and more powerful than vamps or wereanimals begins preparing for battle, and Sookie finds herself a pawn in the middle of it.