Dave Robicheaux’s beloved New Orleans is awash with corpses after Hurricane Katrina unleashes its awesome power. In a city patrolled only by looters, all law and order gone, the survivors wait in trees or non rooftops for help that never comes.
In a landscape tranformed into a violent wasteland, Robicheaux must investigate the shooting of two looters and find out way some very dangerous people are hunting a third. Is it beacuse they unwittingly ransacked the house of a notorious mob boss? Or did a chance encounter with a father of a raped girl seal their fate?
As Robicheaux starts to unciver a ruthless comes under threat from a sinister psychopath, and the devastated city provides the perfect stage for a final confrontation between good and devil.