Just after lunch on a Tuesday in April, nine feet under water,
police diver Flea Marley closes her gloved fingers around a human
hand. The fact that there's no body attached is disturbing enough.
Yet more disturbing is the discovery, a day later, of the matching
hand. Both have been recently amputated, and the indications are
that the victim was still alive when they were removed. DI Jack
Caffery has been newly seconded to the Major Crime Investigation
Unit in Bristol. He and Flea soon establish that the hands belong
to a boy who has recently disappeared. Their search for him - and
for his abductor - lead them into the darkest recesses of Bristol's
underworld, where drug addiction is rife, where street-kids sell
themselves for a hit, and where an ancient evil lurks; an evil that
feeds off the blood - and flesh - of others.