Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead.
He inherited this job from his father as well as Dad’s deadly athame, after his father was killed by a ghost. Cas and his mom and their spirit-sniffing cat travel the country following local legends and destroying the murderous dead. Cas doesn’t have time to worry about what he’ll do next year when he graduates from high school or to make friends. He just wants to learn more, grow stronger and avenge his father.
Following a local legend of a ghost called Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas expects things to go as usual: track, hunt and kill the ghost. What he finds instead is a spirit of a girl trapeed in a curse and rage. A powerful ghost like nothing he’s ever faced, Anna has killed every person who has dared step into her Victorian home.
Cas follows some local teens to Anna’s house and is tricked into confronting her before he is ready. Yet she doesn’t kill him. Why? She did kill one of the other teens and now Cas has to race against time to figure out where Anna’s power comes from, why she didn’t kill him, how to save his new friends from Anna and why he has this overwhelming since of doom.