For four years, Giles has acted as Buffy's Watcher. In this special tale, readers will follow him on a rare solo adventure. The death of his former mentor draws Giles back to England, where he discovers that the Watcher's Council is guarding a terrible secret, one which may bring about the resurrection of the dark Elder Gods. And even though the Council does not want his help, Giles may be the only person with the knowledge to stop the coming of this supernatural terror.
Giles - "The most tragic part of it is that it did not have to happen at all. Archie was part of a culture of paranoia and one-upsmanship. So was I, for a time. The Council sometimes forgets that this is not a contest, or a game. It is a war. The forces of darkness are always around us, just beyond the edges of our vision, waiting for an opening... An opportunity to insinuate themselves into this world. Those who stand against the dark must band together, trust one another, and share what few simple weapons we have. The alternative — the disaster that would result if what lurks beyond should ever return — well, it’s simply... unimaginable.