Laurell K. Hamilton (original); Stacie Ritchie (adaptation)
Anita Blake; Monica Vespucci; Catherine Mason; Jean-Claude; Aubrey; Theresa; Were-Rat; Rat King (Cameo)
Anita fights off Aubrey and considers killing him as the vampire has put her friend Catherine in thrall. Jean-Claude intervenes and takes Anita to meet the master vampire of St. Louis to resolve the situation and free her friend. While locked in the basement waiting for an audience with the queen of the vampires, Anita is attacked by a were-rat and his minions.