Jeremy was perfectly Sane, capital S, thank you very much. He may have witnessed his best friend's death -- no, not death, because Jeremy was Sane and his best friend Adam was capital NOT dead. Jeremy has to keep reminding him of this fact, because his parents have happily dropped him off at Rios Center for Health and Healing. The problem? Adam was attacked by werewolves, and he has to be alive because Jeremy's own bite healed too quickly for any other logical explanation. Marcus was languidly bored. Being alive for almost two centuries ruined the mood of this thing called life. He messed up, or maybe he stopped caring, but when the police pinned the murder of a woman on him that he definitely committed, he couldn't talk himself out of it. His compulsion seemed to be broken like the rest of him. He landed in the Rios Center for Health and Healing, which he reasoned was slightly better than prison. When Jeremy met Marcus, he felt instinctual fear. When Marcus met Jeremy, he felt intrigued for the first time in two decades. When they met Trixie, a strange girl with a detached sense of reality, they both felt the same thing: dangerously protective.