While Shadow awaits his release from prison, he is told his wife has been killed in a car accident along with his best friend. With no home to speak of or job to return to, he takes an offer from the mysterious Mr. Wednesday to be an errand boy, chauffer and bodyguard. Every culture has its gods, brought to America as immigrants arrived in droves. A storm is coming, and Shadow finds soon himself on the run for his life and for his soul. Gods from every culture are gathering, the ancients against the new gods, in a mighty battle for survival. Gaiman is a master storyteller and the tenth anniversary edition provides extra content. The audio version is recommended as the author narrates part of the tale.