Season eight of Buffy got a little too full of themselves (No budget! Let's throw everything in that's too expensive to film!) but still ended with an interesting hook: magic has been destroyed. And that's where we pick up here. Willow has no magic to draw on, vampires are turning feral, and demons are cut off from their home dimensions. (The last one leads to the best scene in the book.) The main drive of the story is watching Buffy try to build a normal life and fail completely. Great cliffhanger at the end, too. The volume closes with a short comic about Spike's time with his insectoid alien friends, which is completely brilliant.