The charismatic movement of the evangelist Anastasia Blue sweeps a desperate nation. Urban areas are gripped with mass hysteria over a spate of attacks by so-called vampires. A doctor fights back against a strange new plague. Two FBI agents are hot on the trail of a serial killer. All these seemingly disparate threads come together in the person of wanderer known only as Dark. Can a man who knows only death learn something about life in a world in decline?