Cassius, Alpha of Sutter Butte, leads the most ruthless and dangerous pack in the United States. Misfits, castoffs, and forgotten wolves, they rose to create a pack more than a century ago in utter defiance of the order of the day. Seen as pitiless and cruel, Cassius wants more for his people than a yearly bloodbath as they fight for a better spot in the pecking order. To change his pack means to change himself, and he will find rebellion on all sides, not to mention from his own defiant heart.
Sovvan Stark, Omega of Delta Crescent, lives a cherished, beloved life in the center of her pack—a delicate and hard won balance. Though she is not the only Omega, she is the most experienced with the tremors of pack upset when power shifts from Alpha to Alpha. When her Alpha approaches her about Sutter Butte’s request, Sovvan considers the matter for several months. While she might hold within her the key to helping the Sutter Butte Alpha, the undertaking could very well kill her.
Accompanied by a single Hound, Sovvan begins a journey to help Cassius rebuild the foundation of his pack, but first she will have to transform him…
Long, Heather. Desert Wolf: Wolves of Willow Bend . Heather Long. Kindle Edition.
Cassius had had enough. Alpha of Sutter Buttes pack, he rode herd over the most brutal and violent pack of all. Originally, the Reaping, as they called it, was a way to celebrate and recognize the pack’s beginning. But here of late, it had turned into something different, something ugly. It wasn’t until Claire won last year that things had solidified for him. He realized that the pack had to change.
Sovvan was the senior Omega in Delta Crescent pack. Protected in the center of her pack, her Alpha depended on her to alert her if any problems cropped up in the pack. Now at the request of Cassius, she travels with only Faust, her Hound to protect her. She knows that in order for her to help Cassius, he was going to have to open himself up to her. She can only hope he is ready for that.
When the two visitors are met at the rest stop by a violent group of men, they find themselves fighting for their very lives. Cassius arrived in time to save them, but they are dismayed to discover a small girl hiding nearby. The child doesn’t seem to react to much so Cassius brings her along until he can locate her family.
As Cassius begins to set things in motion for the annual Reaping, he calls on Claire and her mate for assistance. He needs them for a special reason that involves Sovvan. At the same time, he needs to find out more about the girl child. Something is bad wrong with the pack and he needs to get to the bottom of it. He’s prepared to pay in blood to fix his pack, but no one could ever have imagined the true cost they would all pay.