Buffy finds a potential Vamp victim isn't so helpless as she first thought. after fighting off his attackers we find out it's Pike (Buffy's former boyfriend from the movie/Origin graphic novel). He's run into demon trouble and has come looking for help.
All the characters are here (well, from season 3 anyway, no Anya Faith and Tara, but Oz and Cordy feature). All behave as the would in the TV show (Giles is kinda weird to begin with, but that's part of the story).
My only complaint would be the 'Big Bad' for this story. starts off as a cool concept, but gets a bit confusing towards the end. Aside from this it's one of my favourite Buffy novels, we find out about 'pre-Sunnydale' Buffy, there's an interesting Pike/Buffy/Angel love-triangle plot thread (why didn't Joss bring back the Pike character in the TV series? it woulda been so cool! He wouldn't even have had to use the same actor, all the recurring roles (Buffy and errr...Merrick) were re-cast anyway. An essential purchase for any fan of the novels.