Stigmata. Hunting dog. These days, the words mean the same thing. People born with the Stigma, and the inexplicable powers that come with it, are given a choice: serve, or be thrown in a cell. Shyc has decided being leashed to a caretaker would be better than being locked under the city for the rest of his life. When he meets Detective Mathis, he learns it might be a little more difficult than he planned. Especially when Mathis's spotless record and ruthless reputation makes him a prime target for every crook, every rising criminal who wants to add his death to their list of accomplishments, and they're getting better at it each time they fail.