Despite the rigid rules and hierarchy of Seioka life, Lyla Frazier-Ogbueze dares to care about the fate of the vulgus, or the “unaware.” Someone—or something—is viciously assaulting young women, and still, The Fold refuses to sanction the case. It is not Seioka business, they say. There are long-standing governances, rules, and practices that must be adhered to, and The Fold forbids her from getting involved in such a case.
Risking her life, Lyla defies them all—even her husband, a celebrated warrior caught between his allegiance to the only way of life he has ever known and the only woman he has ever loved. The cat-and-mouse game she will play with the Yellow King, a self-proclaimed prophet, will test her resolve and rip her new marriage apart. Lyla discovers the Yellow King is not the master but a puppet in a centuries-old dark plan, one far more insidious than she could have imagined: Her new opponent seeks not fame or fortune but the flesh of the innocent. To end the horrific attacks, Lyla must battle an entity she never knew existed, and whose extraction from this world will require extraordinary courage and extreme sacrifice.