Seventeen-year-old Jackie, a magically gifted cheetah shape shifter, is now the prisoner of an extremely powerful fae lord, and her situation is dire to say the least. He wants her to bear his child, an heir to carry on his legacy. The major problem with that scenario is that Jackie has a lifemate, a man who she loves with her whole heart and who she feels she'd be betraying if Lord Kennet decides to force her into submission.
A month ago, 17-year-old Jackie was certain she was human and that supernatural creatures didn't exist. So when she discovered she was a shapeshifter and that her narrow world view needed to broaden to include vampires, werewolves, the fae and many other magical creatures, she was faced with two choices: have a full-out meltdown, or embrace her abilities and run with them.
Having always felt like a freak of nature, 17-year-old Jackie's life is turned upside down when she discovers that she's not human, but instead part of a large supernatural community. Because of her newly discovered magical abilities, she's picked to train with a group of powerful young shapeshifters who become her close friends. Their purpose is to protect the vulnerable shifter population from the more violent supernatural beings that inhabit this terrifying and exciting world.
With Charlie back safely from his adventure in Faerie and the Unseelie Realm, Jackie believes she’ll have a chance to relax. However, she quickly finds herself engaged in a quarrel with her overprotective family over what role she should play in the battle that’s brewing between Faerie and the Demon Realm. She wants to be on the front lines, but Garrett and Charlie disagree, suggesting that because she’s a natural healer, her talents would serve the army best if she worked the medical unit. But Jackie has other ideas.
An empty bed, a threatening note, and a solemn delegation from Faerie can only mean one thing: Garrett's been kidnapped, and Charlie's in danger. In order to keep her son safe and rescue her mate, Jackie is forced to make some unpopular decisions, pitting her against long-time allies whose cooperation she desperately needs.
Five years have passed. Jackie, a young cheetah shape-shifter, and Garrett, her vampire life-mate, are trying to deal with the usual problems faced by any new parents, even those with supernatural powers. Their son, Charlie, was born with a rare bloodline, a cross between two warring supernatural groups. Now, both sides are hoping to use Charlie as a pawn in their impending war. On top of this, an enemy from the past has brokered a deal involving Charlie that Jackie will have to find a way to live with, even though it brings to life memories she'd hoped to bury.
Jackie and Garrett are forced to deal with several crisis, putting a strain on the team's resources and their relationship. The trip to Los Altos to find three missing teen boys uncovers a magically dangerous situation which could put their team and their friends at great risk. In addition, a defiant Master Vampire has been infringing on Garrett's territory and a young lion shapeshifter has resorted to violence because he can't face the truth about himself.
Jackie and Garrett travel to his maker's old villa in Carmel California, where many of Garrett's nightmares were born. With his lifemate by his side, he's determined to face down the memories of his family's death and look toward the future. The appearance of an unexpected and unwelcome guest almost upsets their plans, but a lovely surprise is in store and Jackie discovers her demon powers are more useful than she'd once believed.