In a Florida city plagued by race riots, a murderer has come to play. He calls himself Poe, and he invites only the most corrupt to his game.
The invitations arrive with masks made of human skin. Participants must dress for a masquerade ball and go to a specific nightclub where a riddle is given. Each hour, a guest will die, if the riddle isn't solved. No one can contact the police.
However, Poe makes a grave mistake by inviting two people-Shadow and Lyric.
Shadow towers over most, wields power like the devil, and holds the city in his hands. Wanting to be steps ahead of this killer, Shadow joins forces with the one person he believes can discover Poe's identity-Lyric Blue. Once, she was Shadow's lover and the brain of his operations. But then Lyric chose her morality and pushed him away. Still, there's an enduring attraction that weaves them together. United, they attend the ball, ready to beat the game.
Secrets are revealed. Bodies pile up. Every death from an unsolved riddle comes with a clue. And a story unravels, exposing victims and betrayal that no one could have ever imagined.
Dedicated to America