Zhenga is a Setite who operates the criminal underworld of Mombasa. Slaves, drugs, vitae and secrets are all hers and for anyone to buy- for the right price. Standing on good ground with the native Laibon, Zhenga prepares to claim Mombassa as her official domain to serve as a beachhead for Setite operations in sub-saharan Africa. She also tries to create a new revenant line called bima (the Nilote word for ghoul) obedient only to the Setites in the African wilderness. The bima project has enjoyed some few successes and the resulting revenants are dark and hairy, with long canine teeth and thick, clawlike fingernails.