Ice and snow litter the frozen earth in the not-so-distant future. Survival is for those adept at carving out homes within the polar ice caps. Mercy is the last child of a martyr family. The line must die out—the madness must stop. All have been forbidden to produce offspring by their leader, Mercy's father. Sex and conception is a sin punishable by death. A dark evil is spreading across the land. Vampires, in a desperate bid for self-preservation are searching each iceberg, cave and cavern for their highly prized food source. Of particular interest are women of childbearing years. With Tavish's first taste of her blood comes the first onslaught of Mercy's tears. Rules of survival are explained. Complete submission, it is law. Fealty to her Master, it is law. Females must be bred. It is law. Those that cannot breed are given over to the vampires and Anivamps. It is certain death. Tavish will soon come to realize exactly how far he will go for a little Mercy.