The story takes place in a utopian version of the West End neighborhood of Atlanta. It features Blue Hamilton, the “godfather” of the neighborhood, who is a character she has used in some of her other novels. Cleage explained why she chose this particular setting for her book: “The thing about the West End [neighborhood] is that everything you want to write about is there,” said Cleage.
Cleage, who has written several novels, shared that she added a bit of a twist to this book. “This book is different from the others for one reason—it has vampires in it”, said Cleage with a laugh. “Our country is fascinated with vampires. It’s funny to me that vampires are the new sex symbol. I thought to myself what if I took [five] beautiful vampires and dropped them into the West End,” said Cleage.