Loup Garron's father was a wolf-man; genetically modified to be faster and stronger than normal human beings. He was on the run from either government scientists or the army or both when he came through Santa Olivia. Loup has inherited her father's gifts, but she must hide them or risk being taken away by whoever was after her father.
Loup is such a great character, with amazing physical abilities, a total lack of fear and a strong sense of justice. She also has a passionate love affair with another young woman. Highly recommended.