|This article is about the novel. For the comic story, see Cursed (comic).|
| The subject of this article is non-canonical.|
While created as part of licensed material, it has not been confirmed as part of the "real" Buffyverse continuity.
Sulking around the Slayer in Sunnydale, the vampire Spike has often run into demons intent on punishing him for throwing in with the White Hats. But when there are hints of a more organized campaign dedicated to vanquishing the vampire with a chip in his head, Spike sets off on the trail of whoever's put a hit out on him.
Meanwhile, in the City of Angels, the vampire with a soul finds that the search for a mystical object is tied to his days as the vicious Angelus. Then Spike — his former partner in carnage — arrives in L.A. Each nursing a grudge, and with the specter of Buffy in both of their (cold, dead) hearts, the two vampires reluctantly work together… until their torturous past catches up with them!
- In a "historian's note", it is stated to take place in an alternative version of Buffy the Vampire Slayer season 5 and Angel season 3.
- In Angel continuity, Cordelia no longer receives pain with her visions, Connor is still a baby and there is no sign of Groosalugg, placing it between "Birthday" and "Waiting in the Wings".
- Winifred Burkle
- Cordelia Chase
- Krevlornswath of the Deathwok Clan
- Charles Gunn
- Lilah Morgan
- Wesley Wyndam-Pryce