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When Reynard Ashwin is offered a new life of vision, strength, and, most importantly, not succumbing to an untimely death threatened by the plague, he is intrigued but does not accept. Then, the entity takes him through the filthy city to ensure his commitment by showing him tragic scenes of death and decay; Reynard quickly accepts. What was not divulged was the hunger that filled him the moment he took the deal. 

At first, Reynard abstains from giving the hunger what it wants, feeding on rodents filling the streets or lapping blood from cobbles near a butcher shop. When he returns home to find his wife and son have succumbed to the Black Death, he loses his morality and feeds the hunger burning within him with every bite of flesh and swallow of blood, leaving him wanting more.

After being linked to a series of heinous murders, the authorities ship Reynard to America, where his bloody rampage continues across the continent. Only two women are spared from the hunger’s demands during his travels as they remind him of his past. With the help of these women, he learns how to end his contract with Hunger.