Former FBI profiler Frank Black returns to his hometown of Seattle with his wife Catherine, a clinical social worker, and their little daughter, Jordan. Frank, his old friend Lt. Bob 'Bletch' Bletcher, Det. Bob Giebelhouse from the Seattle Police Department, and Peter Watts from the mysterious Millennium Group that Frank works for as a consultant investigate a series of psychosexual homicides being committed by a deranged and confused serial killer driven by Nostradamus and biblical prophecies, who believes he's punishing his victims, mostly strippers and male prostitutes, for their sin of lust.
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Tell me what you want.
I want to see you dance on the blood-dimmed tide. The ceremony of innocence is drowned. This is the second death. The abominable and the fornicators - this is the second death. You'll have your part in the lake - the great plague - the maritime city. You'll have your part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone.