Six years. Six years since Alyse had first come to Carnevale Manor. Six years since she'd left behind the human world for dazzling beauty, flashing lights, and powers that defy reality. At Carnevale, Alyse helps run the Masquerade, a nightly party filled with laughing and dancing and ending with blood. She serves the Masquemistress, who acts lovingly to Alyse, and the Gamemaster who loves her in a different way. In just six years, Alyse has built a new life here with a new family who she'd do anything to protect. But tensions are running high between the masqueraders and their masters, and it comes to a head with an attack on her family. And so Alyse is left to choose. Safety, or that of others? Stability, or the lives of those she loves? In the heart of deception and duplicity, the masks are coming off. And the fallout is irrevocable.