Louis de Pointe du Lac, the Vampire Lestats charismatic friend, is tortured by the memory of the child vampire Claudia whom he had loved and lost. To save his sanity, Louis appeals to Merrick, the beautiful, unconquerable witch descended from the Great Mayfair clan whose extraordinary powers she has inherited. In this haunting tale, Merrick uses black witchcraft to call up the ghost of Claudia - however dangerous this may be. For there are other spirits who will not lie still, and Merrick´s search takes her close to the edge, through blood and terror, voodoo and violence. From the New Orleans of the past and the present to the jungles of Guatemala, from the Mayan ruins of a century ago to ancient civilisations not yet explored, Merrick is an irresistible story in which magical powers and otherwordly forces are locked together in a dance of seduction, death and rebirth.