The simple reminder of Nefandus was enough to make Serena Killingsworth sick to her stomach. It was the land that tore her apart from everything she knew and it was the land that broke her down beyond repair.

She was sixteen when she was sent there. Her seventeenth birthday came and went without an inkling of help from Selene, Maggie or even Jimena.

But she was free now. She saw her former friends very infrequently, if at all. Tianna was gone. Jimena was now the Magna Mater. Catty was living with her father in the seedy corners of Nefandus. Vanessa was in a similar situation as Serena's. One would think that because of the shared trauma of being held prisoner, they would be close, living off each other's company. But no, that was not the case. They drifted apart. Some things, when created, live and die in a moment of time and are destined never to be repeated. The friendship between Serena and Vanessa was one of those things.

Serena found solace in the Sons of the Dark. Kyle, Samuel, Berto and Obie were the only ones who could help tame her inner demons and offer her asylum from everything she feared the most.

"Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster. And if you gaze long enough into an abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you."