Ra's al Ghul has spent half a millennium creating a criminal empire like no other. But when his preternaturally long life comes to an end, who will carry on as his successor? Having produced only daughters, Ra's will stop at nothing to secure a male heir. Batman makes an unlikely ally for the Demon, but the Dark Knight embraces the partnership when al Ghul's beautiful daughter Talia becomes pregnant with his child. Protected by life-giving Lazarus pits, al Ghul is nearly unstoppable on his quest for world domination. Will Batman's attraction to Talia alow him to turn a blind eye to the machinations of her father? - from back cover.