Albert Dowling is Lord Penton’s stable boy who also trains as a cross country runner. His lordship is taking a special interest in the boy and wants to offer him a privileged position within his household.
Sean goes back to see Casey to return the crutches he borrowed. He gets a quick once over and is given a clean bill of health.
Styx is thrown in the gladiator pit where he meets Kutos and Grim. He is soon faced with his first fight to save his life.
Paul turns up at Reginald’s Hyde Park House apartment for dinner, but it is not quite ready. While they waited, Reginald tells Paul about himself. They end up in the bedroom but it is on the kitchen table that Pauls takes all of Reginald’s 9-inches.
A married man’s well-hung ex-boyfriend comes for a visit. Soon Danny is invited into the marital bedroom where he wastes no time in getting stuck in…
Sean gets called out of highschool to attend an emergency. Once at the scene he acts on instinct and rushes into the burning building to save people that are trapped inside. During his rescue, Sean is injured and it is down to Casey, a Marine medic, who offers to take care of him… and his injuries.
Where there was business in The Shade there was also profit to be made by those on the sidelines and Styx was going to take advantage of it. While looting a merchant’s house he meets Dogo.
Reginald Campbell cancels his appointment, but in the meantime, Paul sees Dr. Black for a massage who fills in some of the blanks about Reginald and enlists Paul’s help to get Reginald exercising. When Reginald turns up for his re-arranged appointment, he is not all that he seems.
Guy’s son returns home early to find that his old school friend Jake is taking a shower in their bathroom…
The future of the world rests in the unwilling hands of young thief and Shade native, Styx, who is thrust into the middle of a conflict which has perpetuated for centuries.