Gabriel Knight is a tormented man. A struggling writer and bookstore owner by day, his nights are haunted by nightmares streaked with glimpses of raging flames and dripping blood, a leopard-faced woman and a horrified man, and himself – lynched from a tree. Battling the exhaustion of his restless nights, he spends his days scouring for information on voodoo to complete his novel, badgering his long-suffering best pal, police detective Mosely, for access to the crime scenes of a series of ritual murders plaguing New Orleans. On one such jaunt he encounters the rich and reclusive Malia Gedde, an influential local heiress, and is enamoured by her beauty. But as he starts to pursue her while delving deeper into the enigmatic world of voodoo, the cogs of fate start to align for a tryst with destiny that was scripted centuries earlier, in a harsher time rife with prejudice and bitter brutality. Beneath the charming veneer of the Big Easy lies a cagey society with a long history of uneasy coexistence between two very different cultures: the immigrant Europeans and their erstwhile African slaves, and Gabriel is quickly drawn into the heart of this darkness as he discovers the dangerous consequences of the legacy he has inherited.