This is the fourth book in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series, This book takes place about 3 months after the previous novel.
Butch has been living with the Brotherhood for almost a year, since Beth was mated to Wrath, He feels like he has finally found his family. The only problem is Marissa, he has been trying for months to see her again, and finally given up. He has decided that if she wants nothing to do with him, he will have nothing to do with her. Until he is captured by the Lesser, and tortured, and as he tries to recover the damage the Lesser did to him, he discovers that she wasn't avoiding him, she had no clue he ad been trying to see him. Now, how does a vampire woman mate to a human male, but is he really human?