Until he came to the team, Marine Corps Staff Sergeant Sonny Pauley was positive no one cared if he lived or died. He wasn�t sure he cared either. Now he�s ready to face the looming vampire war beside his chosen family. As Milo and Katherine send a violent and bloody message of their intention to annihilate the unit and everyone in it, Sonny has one last task to accomplish before the unit is ready to fight. He needs to help Esmeralda �Essie� Cannon move past her dark and violent history, so she can face the enemy beside them. But helping someone else often means sharing more of yourself than you are comfortable with. Sonny will have to face some of his own demons if he�s to help Essie confront hers.