This book is populated with various werewolves, vampires, and Elementals who can control the weather. They view all humans as prey, except for the secretive Meg who works as their human liaison. The humans are rightfully terrified of the beings who live in The Courtyard, but the lives of everyone in The Courtyard is fairly mundane. Mail delivery is surprisingly a large part of the novel. Meg's growing friendship with the wolf Sam is the best part of the book. There are some ridiculous parts, like a town named Sparkletown, or a woman willing to risk her life deceiving the wolves because she wants her own tv show. Overall, it's a great variation on the urban fantasy genre.