The wielders are coming, and they're ready for violence. With a cub in her arms, Arietta James, a dedicated vet technician in training, flees for her life and the life of the little shifter she's ready to die to protect. Her escape lands her right in the heart of the enemy territory: the shifters. Gavriel O'Connor, steadfast leader of the shifter territory, has worked too hard on rebuilding and unifying his people to allow a human to run rampant in his domain. Fully intending to turn her away, Gavriel prepares to rid his territory of another nuisance. Until his shifter side won't let him. There are too many questions about this young woman and not enough answers. His biggest question: how did she end up with one of his own? Arietta didn't imagine she'd live this long. Between the shifters and the wielders, she's braced for her final moments. However, when the shifters begrudgingly welcome her into their territory, she must make a decision: stay loyal to those of her kind, or reveal to the shifters a problem that could wipe them out entirely. Before it's too late-for them and for her.