When Diana Bishop, historian and witch, calls up an ancient, bewitched manuscript from Oxford's Bodleian Library, she knows she must solve its mysteries. She is offered help by the enigmatic Matthew Clairmont, but he's a vampire, and witches should never trust vampires.
In the cellar of an Edinburgh house, two gunshots ring out. Across town, disgraced lawyer Max McCall is released from prison. For the Leith area of Edinburgh, a bright new future is being promised. These events will entwine characters old and new, as they battle the consequences of their actions amidst shocking new developments.