When a renegade Were’s misuse of magic threatens folk and mortal alike, Warder Trainee Mona Lisa Kubrek must find out who is causing the damage, why he has picked certain targets and what he hopes to gain all while still learning and coming into her abilities as a uniquely non-magic wielding member of the folk community.
Mona Lisa Kubrek’s life turns upside down when her best friend from high school calls her. Meeting her friend and seeing the magic workings set upon the pregnant woman, Mona cannot help but use her Warder ability to manipulate the spell's settings, despite the fact that her training master has told her she’s not to alter workings without his permission. Her friend is just the tip of the iceberg as Mona finds more harmful spells, as well as Weres manipulated by them, at every turn. After surviving a magically induced bridge collapse Mona meets Protector Josiah Carthage ‘Cart’ Dupree, called in by the area's Folk leaders to assess the situation. As they investigate further she realizes there’s a pattern to the renegade’s madness and her life is at risk along with most of the Buffalo(NY) Were pack. Tasked with finding the culprit Mona's increasing closeness to Cart becomes problematical as she discovers why Warders earned their name.