Book 1 of The Mayfair Witches. Dr. Rowan Mayfair is a gifted neurosurgeon in San Francisco, California. When her estranged birth mother dies in New Orleans, she begins to learn about the old Southern family to which she belongs. Michael Curry is a contractor who restores old homes while dreaming of his childhood in New Orleans and yearning to return there. Rowan gradually realizes that she has the psychic power to either save or destroy lives. But it seems to be Rowan’s practical training as a doctor which allows her to revive Michael from death by drowning. His experience bestows an entirely new and unwanted clairvoyant ability upon him. They fall in love, and when Michael decides to return to New Orleans, Rowan follows him to learn the secrets of her past. Aaron Lightner, a psychic scholar and member of the Talamasca, has studied the Mayfairs from afar for years. The matriarchal family—known by the Talamasca as the “Mayfair Witches”—have a long and sordid history. Among the supernatural events surrounding them is a mysterious man, seen by Michael in his childhood and by other members of the family over time. Rowan and Michael marry and conceive a child. As the designee of the Mayfair legacy she assumes control of the family’s affairs. Soon the mysterious man is revealed as Lasher, a spirit with wicked motives who has plagued the Mayfairs for centuries. His wish is to be made flesh so that he may walk the earth again in the permanent physical form of a human being, and he sets about slowly seducing Rowan. Rowan secretly thinks she can outwit Lasher with her psychic powers – but can she?