Nox is sent after a vampire who is eating kids where he meets Il Cane for the first time.
Nox’s current job is to track down a vampire who is draining children. This is the third time Nox has had to deal with this particular problem and he confronts Ant about it. They track the vampire together and find the vampire sucking a kid dry and Nox loses his temper at the sight and kills the vampire without any warning. In the shadows watching is Il Cane, and she is both horrified and proud of the boy who her son befriended giving him the nickname Death’s Consul.