Jessica Walsh is starting her freshman year at Nightshade High and trying to forgetabout the tragic events surrounding her brotherâ€™s graduation. She wants to have a normalhigh school experience. But thatâ€™s easier said than done in Nightshade.Thereâ€™s a new guy at school who seems to be turning the girls into lovesick zombies.And Jessica has other worriesâ€”like her crush on a cute but moody lead singer,and the mysterious tattoo that appeared on her arm one day that lets her know wheneverthere is trouble brewing. Jessica learns sheâ€™s a Virago, a woman warrior chosen tofight evil whenever it threatens her hometown. But does a lowly freshman really havewhat it takes to keep Nightshade safe?