When wild and eccentric Anna Cooper blows into the run-of-the-mill town of Billetsby, James Parrish, PhD strives to stay as far away from her as possible. As a series of serendipitous circumstances continue to pit the two in compromising positions, they resign themselves to the fact that they’ll have to learn to exist in the town together. Their uneasy partnership is solidified when a mysterious monster from the north ravages the town—a monster only James knows how to lure into a trap and Anna knows how to kill.
Anna and James begin to develop reluctant feelings for each other amid festive balls, chemistry lessons, and hunting trips. As more monsters continue to converge on Billetsby and the pair argues on the best way to deal with the threat, Anna and James must thrust their differences aside to save the town or work separately and risk their lives, as well as the lives of the townsfolk, in the name of pride.
“Perfect for me? That… baboon in a skirt?”
“Careful, James. That baboon in a skirt just beat you fair and square to the spoils of war.”
“Honestly, Rex, how have we stayed friends this long? If you think she’s perfect for me, you don’t know me at all.”
“Or, I know you better than you know yourself,” he says with a smile. “In any case, I don’t think that’s the last we’ll see of that woman. Nor do I want it to be.”
“Speak for yourself,” James mumbles. “I’d be elated if I never saw that woman again.”
“Sir,” she commands his attention. “I haven’t proper schooling. Because you perceive my manners worse than yours, does that make you better than me?”
“Well, now… see here, Miss—”
“Exactly,” she whispers, a sad note in her voice. “You are no better than the others here, Mister Parrish. You’d do well to find your place among these kind townsfolk before they write you off forever. In searching for where you fit, look low—not high. I promise you that your place is not above them.”