Delany Parker is just a PhD student in Eureka, California, losing faith in humanity one faculty meeting at a time. However, humanity is not what she needs to be worrying about. After the murder of her friend and student, Delany is kidnapped and taken to a military encampment of gods and monsters, fawns and satyrs. Delany learns that she is a Maenad, sired by the ancient god of drunkenness and debauchery, Dionysus. And she isn’t exactly happy about it.
Dionysus wants to keep her close, almost certainly to increase his own power, but Delany has some plans of her own. First on the list, making a beeline back to Eureka. Second, forgetting that any of this ever happened. Her feelings change when she learns that the string of murders around campus are being perpetrated by members of this new world.
With the help of Ander, a satyr she still hasn’t entirely forgiven for kidnapping her, she sets out to find the creature or creatures responsible for the murder of her friend. However, even in a world of nymphs and monsters, things are not what they seem, and Delany learns quickly that there is another entity orchestrating events in Eureka. If she wants to find them before they find her, Delany will have to embrace her birthright as a Maenad, distancing herself from the life she is desperate to return to.