Witches are hunted at every turn. The Twelve Great Houses have collapsed, abandoning their charges, forsaking the source of their gifts. Their best chance for survival, a 5 year-old boy, disappeared years ago. The spell that hides him from the world also has hidden his true self, leaving him a young man who wants nothing more than to spend his life in obscurity. Yet, Alexander Starkweather's destiny is to restore the Divine Blood to power and lead them into a new age. But before he can become a witch, he must learn what it means to be a man.