From the Byzantine world of city politics to drag show night clubs and feuds among secretive groups of people gifted with unusual and frightening abilities. Familiar Scents takes us on a journey into a hidden world filled with clues scattered about a maze of violence, death, and power struggles.

Guided by Anthony Patronio, an androgynous man with a powerful gift, Detective Carl Steckler must solve the murder of a young woman. During the investigation, hidden truths come out about his long-lost sister and the cause of his non-existent sexual desires.