Being a freelance detective isn't easy. Especially for a woman. But Janice Cooper has made a name for herself ever since the murder of the rich French baron case she solved the year before. But as fall shakes the leaves from the trees, chilling murders begin to take place all over New York City. Bodies of young girls are found with their eyes gouged out and their necks drained dry, leaving nothing but a trail of blood on their cheeks. As the citizens of New York City become more restless, Janice is called on the case by the desperate chief of police to solve the murders that quickly become known as "Maidens of Sorrow." But Janice will end up venturing into a world further from normalcy and deeper into the arms of insanity.