Jessica Winchester, 20, should have been a party girl in college. But unfortunately, she never got that opportunity. When she was 15, she went into a haunted house on a dare, and when she came out, she'd killed her sister and sold her soul to bring her back again.
Jess and Ruby spent the next five years trying to get Jess out of her deal, but in the end, there was nothing to do. Jess was taken to Hell, where she was flayed alive every single day for twenty years. But after that, Alastair offered to stop torturing her...if she would start torturing other people. So she took the opportunity to get off the rack, and she did her job, and maybe she liked it a little bit.
Now, she's back, and she's not really sure why. It may have something to do with Azrael, the angel who claims to have raised her from perdition. But for what purpose, she doesn't know. All she knows is that her life is about to get more complicated.
And her time in Hell? She can't tell anyone about it - especially not Ruby. She did some things she's not proud of down there. Besides, she thinks she's already doing penance for all the pain she caused. Since getting back from Hell, Jess has been physically incapable of sleeping, and it's a problem that doesn't seem like it's going to let up soon. She spends her days exhausted, but it's almost like she doesn't need sleep anymore...
She can't hide everything from Ruby forever, and even if she could, there'd be new problems to worry about - like a revelation that will shake their family forever. And maybe Ruby's keeping some secrets of her own. After all, thirty years in Hell is three months topside...plenty of time for Ruby to get up to trouble.