Melanie Dickerson, New York Times bestselling author, delivers a fresh re-imagining of the classic Pied Piper tale.
One young woman is determined to save her town when they face a plague of rats, children go missing, and a giant beast attacks outside the walls of Hamlin.
Katerina's stepfather, Hennek is the mayor of Hamlin, yet he is neither a good father nor a good husband. Could he somehow be behind the misfortunes befalling the town? The evidence indicates it must be a wolf, or perhaps a large dog, killing poeple who stray too far from town. Does that explain why so many children have disappeared? Many of the kids have even gone missing from inside the town walls.
Steffan knows he needs to reconcile with this father, the Duke of Hagenheim, but he's not sure if he's ready. Meanwhile, he wanders from town to town in search of adventure and reward. News of a giant beast terrorizing the town of Hamlin and a sizable reward that includes gold, money, and the mayor's daughter in marriage leads him to journey on to Hamlin. Steffan plans to slay the beast, rid the town of the rat infestation, and take the most of the reward, everything except the girl in marriage. When he meets Katerina, he's not so sure of his plan. Perhaps he needs to rethink his goals.
Katerina takes on a quest to hunt the Beast of Hamlin for herself, determined to gain her freedom from her conniving and controlling stepfather. The mystery only seems to deepen when she finds one of the children who had been missing for months.Even though she finds Steffan, the brash and handsome son of the duke infuriating, Katerina will have to team up with him since he's the only one in town who isn't controlled by the mayor. Danger comes from both man and beast. Can Katerina and Steffan bring an end to the Pied Piper before he steals every last child from Hamlin, or will their interference create an even worse fate?