"In the middle of the night at the Museum of Volterra, young archeologist Fabrizio Castellani is immersed in his work. He has discovered that the famous Etruscan statue known as The Shade of Twilight contains a mysterious object, seemingly embedded within the sculpture itself. His work is suddenly interrupted by the phone ringing, and on the other end of the line an icy female voice warns him to abandon his research at once. A series of gruesome killings follow. The victims, who have all been involved in the desecration of an unexplored tomb, seem to be have been torn to pieces by a beast of unimaginable size. Meanwhile, as Fabrizio excavates the Etruscan tomb he discovers evidence of a legendary Etruscan ritual of horrifying violence, an ancient religious rite knows as the Phersu. What is hiding inside the enigmatic stature? What lies behind the bloodthirsty rage that has lain in wait for all these centuries? Will Fabrizio manage to unravel these secrets without being sucked into the spiral of violence himself?" --Back cover.