This is what I’ve got so far, but I’m at that bad point where I’m not sure it’s comprehensible even to me.
Help . . . ?
Mackie Doyle is the dirty secret that no one in his family talks about. All he wants is to pass for normal—and maybe get a date—but he’s running out of convincing explanations for why his eyes turn black in dim light and why the smell of stainless steel makes him sick. To top it off, his allergy to iron is getting worse and despite his sister’s best attempts to come up with a miracle cure, the prognosis isn’t good.
When Mackie encounters a tribe of people living under the local slag heap and calling themselves the Unforgiven Dead, he doesn’t want anything to do with them, but when they offer a tonic that will restore his health if he’ll put in a few hours a week as their courier, it seems like a small price to pay. Now, acting as personal messenger to their shark-toothed child queen, Mackie’s finding that the Dead aren’t so bad and that for the first time in his life, he actually fits in.
As Halloween approaches, however, Mackie finds himself entrenched in the longstanding animosity between the Dead and their sister court, the Living. Although he’d rather align himself with the Dead, who treat him like family, he discovers that he has a binding obligation to the Living, despite the fact that they abandoned him a birth. Now, either alliance means honoring the seven-year teind to a creature whose currency is sacrifice, and the simplest solution is to pay out some blood. The problem is, he didn’t think to ask how much.