Hate consumes me. It commands me. I obey. Special Agent Marcus Williams and serial killer Francis Ackerman Jr. have unearthed a network of hired killers. Following a trail of corpses across the country, they are on a path that will plunge them into the blackest depths of human depravity. Tracking west, they are lead to San Francisco, to confront a ruthless criminal syndicate building an empire on spilt blood. Among their number, a particularly brutal individual who styles himself 'The Gladiator'. No ordinary contract killer, the Gladiator sees himself as a modern-day Genghis Khan, determined to carve his very name onto the evolution of mankind. To stop him Ackerman and Williams must face him in an arena of death where misery and violence are inflicted for profit and pleasure. This is the Gladiator's domain, a realm in which he is undefeated... but then he's never encountered an opponent like Ackerman before.