The legendary warlord, Dardas, died more than 250 years ago. Now, his spirit lives on in a host body, resurrected by a magician to lead a conquering army across the city-states of Isthmus. But there are military scholars familiar with Dardas's tactics - scholars who may hold the key to stopping his army.
Once upon a time, before Katrina.... Sunshine came to New Orleans to escape her past and to catch up with her elusive dreams, but she got lost in the old city's seductive Southern nights. The tempting dark side of the French Quarter catered to her weaknesses, offering her just exactly what she desired - cheap drugs, the wrong kind of men, and the thrill of living on the edge. Alienated from her friends and in need of help, she called out to one of them...but her message didn't get through in time.
He is an off-world assassin, a genetically enriched 'catjob.' But tonight, he is on the run for his life. His name is Nickerson, and he has come to the most dangerous place in the universe: Earth. Beneath the city streets he finds a maze of an underworld, where only the brutal survive. He finds BlaqJaq. Young, beautiful, a 'street-muscle' who has survived his hostile native environment by always being the strongest, by avoiding attachments.
An army of soldiers and magicians has poured out of the north on its quest to unite the city-states of Isthmus under Felk rule. But with conquest comes rebellion, and there are those who won't be taken easily - by magic or by sword.