With the arrival of summer at Osland Academy, Gail finds the lack of rift bleed and fanatical assassins a welcome change of pace. When Nick asks to introduce her to his parents, she wonders if it’d be less painful to take on an army of rift monsters. It doesn't help when he makes a shocking suggestion that has Gail questioning the very nature of her love for Nick.
Her relationship troubles are bad enough, but when Brunhilde finally surfaces and launches a series of brutal attacks, Gail realizes it is only a matter of time before her nemesis attempts her final revenge. Love may be an afterthought with death coming to Seattle.