A New War begins. The Vampires rule. Humanity is enslaved in a nightmare world wherein those who have survived are bred as food for the vampires and as entertainment for the vicious thralls who guard them. The brief but bitter conflict between rival vampires has left Von Kruger victorious. But the thralls have used the war to their own advantage and have grown in power and confidence. The rivalry between vampire and thrall is set to escalate, but first they must eliminate another threat--the small band of free human survivors. Harris and his team hold a secret of immeasurable power--a coating for bullets that can kill both thralls and vampires. The thralls want it, and the vampires must destroy it. But first they have to find the rebels. Together they hope to forge an uneasy alliance, at least until the free humans can be hunted down and destroyed. But neither side can ever hope to trust the other. Earth is the battlefield. The human population are the pawns. And the doomsday clock continues to tick relentlessly toward nuclear Armageddon.