A single-parent family descends upon the lighthouse only to encounter a village of believers. Every adventurous child who disappears and then returns, with four numerals on their bodies, there is only one choice. Death, lest disaster strike.
Young Vanyel is too different for his father’s tastes, and Lord Withen exiles him him to Haven and his serious aunt to turn into a “real man”.
Be proud of life’s battle scars. It means you were stronger than whatever hurt you, and you didn’t die—and Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter and U.S. Marshal will be the first to show you hers.