Since Louisiana cocktail waitress Sookie Stackhouse has so few living relatives, she hates to lose one-- even her cousin Hadley, undead consort of the vampire Queen of New Orleans. Hadley's left everything she has to Sookie, but claiming that inheritance has a high risk factor. Some people don't want her looking too deeply into Hadley's past, or Hadley's possessions. And they're prepared to do anything in their power to stop her. Whoever it is, they're definitely dangerous--and Sookie's life is definitely on the line...