It is a dark night on the beach and there is a strange meeting taking place. The long tentacles of an octopus stretch out and it pulls itself onto a large rock that juts from the ocean water. From out of the forest and onto the beach comes a large bull moose with massive antlers and a regal disposition. High above these creatures in the air flaps the wings of a brown bat that uses echo location manifesting in a series of squeaking noises. The bat lands near the large rock and as it does so its body grows and shifts into a wiry man. “It is coming, it knows we are here.” He pleads. The other creatures shift and they too turn into people. The largest of them, the moose – looks to the dark waters, “We are not strong enough yet." The long-limbed woman pulls seaweed from her hair and spits salt water from her mouth, “We run for now.” And out from the darkness of the murky ocean depths starts to rise large tentacles and a roar breaks the chill night air…
A member of "the changing breeds" is a person who shares a metaphysical connection to an inner animal. This connection allows that person to shift between human and animal forms. No one knows really why or how it happens, but once opened, that bond cannot be broken except by death. And they have been arriving from around the region and have begun growing in numbers. Pulled here by an unknown force for a mysterious reason.