A history of persecution and fear casts a heavy shadow over the Proctor family - a name that traces its line all the way back to the Proctors of Salem in the 17th century. Magic is the inheritance given to every child of that name, and Joyce was only the latest daughter to take up the mantle of Witch under her grandmother's watchful eye. They took part in the Circles of the Verbena and wove their sorceries in secret, until a war began again on their kind. Joyce fled.
Now, she lives in a crummy apartment in the downtown area of Prospect, California after a lengthy motel-surfing stretch across the American highways. With her loyal friend Sophia, she strives to make a living and thrive in this unfamiliar place. Hopefully it goes better than Salem..