The new seal bearer is next in line to inherit the throne for the House of Cochineal, destined to a future of Guardianship for the safety of humanity and the crown for Cochineal. She bears ASTARTA- the awakened Queen Seal, it heralds the coming of war for the souls of humanity, named THE LIGHTNING BEAST, its bearer stands at the threshold and is both a warning and a declaration. CARMINE is up against two members of her family for the lead of the House; TRISHA her embittered, exiled aunt and JUDA her duplicitous uncle. Trisha considered the Mother of Lost Souls wants to be Queen, though it is impossible for her to wield the Cochineal for the House. Despite this, she challenges and loses to PETRA her youngest sibling, Carmine’s mother and the current Queen, but Trisha has a plan; create a hybrid seal more powerful than Petra’s. To do this she must first have a vessel and an original seal from someone in the ruling house. What’s a little murder between family when there is a war looming for the Guardianship/Enslavement of humanity?