For hundreds of years, the fangpères have ruled the cities of the world. Beautiful, long-lived, and possessing incalculable wealth, these beings have become little more than myth. Now, in the sprawling slums of Verdun, a fangpère has appeared for the first time in living memory. His gaze has fallen upon Andre, a boy without a future, and he offers a monstrous pact.The inheritance. With it, comes security and prestige and power. Prosperity and ease for a family, for a generation. However, the fangpère’s legacy comes with its own price: one which lies at the center of the fangpères’ depraved existence, one which Andre will have to pay in days and flesh.