The vampires who call themselves djinni protect the extended family of the House of the Rose from dangers both internal and external, and have done so since the Flood, 7,000 years ago. More importantly, the djinni search for the new incarnations of the House's ancient souls, except for those who have been cast out for their transgressions. The vampire Inanna was exiled for destroying an entire civilization, her crown of divinity broken and her memories sealed so she would never regain her destructive powers. Now, she has been reborn as the Protector Arjumand's daughter. When he rebels against the traditions of the House and restores her powers, they set out on a quest to prove her innocence. Conflict explodes as the protectors must take sides between Inanna and her dark sister Ereshkigal, who has hidden the truth about what really happened so long ago. Can the mortal sons and daughters of the House survive a civil war between their former gods?