John Kanin (Lou Diamond Philips - Bats ) is a Police Detective/CSI who can visualise a crime scene. His girlfriend Ruby ( Mia Kirshner ) disappears, so he tracks her home to a small town named Wolf Lake. John Kanin goes to live there too, where ironically (and unknown to him) ... everyone else is a werewolf!
Bruce McGill ( Quantum Leap ) is the Patriarch. Tim Matheson is the Sheriff.
A teenage girl has her first transformation. Unfortunately it goes wrong, and she goes on the run. Worse, John Kanin (Lou Diamond Philips - Bats ) is listening on his scanner, and hears the Sheriff put out an APD. He assumes the missing girl is his missing girlfriend Ruby ( Mia Kirshner ), and interferes.
Waitress Sophia Donner ( Mary Elizabeth Winstead ) is hanging out with High School bad-boy Luke Cates (Paul Wasilewski/Wesley - Vampire Diaries ). Unfortunately, he is dating Mean Girl Sarah Carter . Worse, Sophia's father (Tim Matheson) is the Sheriff.
It turns out that a lot of first transformations, which take place at puberty, can go fatally wrong. There is a secret graveyard full of teen wolves who never survived their first transformation.
The sheriff investigates, not least because his daughter tends to hang out with the main thug. It turns out the truck was hauling a dangerous corrosive chemical.
John Kanin (Lou Diamond Philips - Bats ) gets the flu, so Graham Green ( ) gives him some soup. There may be peyote in it, because he starts to hallucinate about Ruby ( Mia Kirshner ). But then, who wouldn't?
The Sheriff runs an AA meeting ... well, it is not alcohol they are addicted to. Unfortunately, one of the attendees has secretly relapsed, and is taking things even further. She has begun hunting humans, and has tupperware full of internal organs ...
Luckily, the sheriff has now hired John Kanin (Lou Diamond Philips - Bats ) onto the team. Of course, the department has to remove any special info from the briefing materials before they give them to the new guy!
The Boss (Bruce McGill - Quantum Leap ) collapses. His up-and-coming rival, the town's gangster, is doing his best to seduce Ruby ( Mia Kirshner ) into an arranged marriage. She is a stubborn bitch, but there is no other option ...
Last week there was a female wolf attacking people. This time it is a male. After escaping a bar-room scene reminiscent of The Accused, the alkie lounge-singer walks home and gets violated en route. She tells John Kanin (Lou Diamond Philips - Bats ) it was a wolf ...
There are a couple of suspects from the bar. Tyler may be plotting an arranged marriage to Ruby ( Mia Kirshner ), but he seems to prefer the lounge-singer. And apparently the Mayor has a younger brother who runs the bar from a wheelchair.
The werewolf community is particularly unforgiving towards this kind of thing, even when the victim is an ungulate. The perp would rather turn himself in to the State Police, and serve his time in a human prison. We get to see exactly how cold-blooded the Sheriff and Mayor can be.
Someone takes a shot at the Sheriff. Will he break his promise to his dead wife and transform to heal himself?
As the Mayor's daughter, Ruby ( Mia Kirshner ) has to make her final decision about her arranged marriage.
Two redneck ARV brothers are on the rampage. It was the night of voting a new alpha male - and the two gay bandits hijack the event!
John Kanin (Lou Diamond Philips - Bats ) has a female partner. Unfortunately, the lack of an Alpha Male in the pack has sent her into heat.
The title is a reference to The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe. John Kanin (Lou Diamond Philips - Bats ) rents a house from Sherman (Graham Greene - Defiance ). Unbeknownst to them, Lenore (a female recluse) is hiding in the basement. In a scene reminiscent of Ringu (and every bit as creepy) she wanders the house while he sleeps ...
Sheriff's daughter Mary Elizabeth Winstead gets a BF, leading to predictable teen angst.
The guest-star is a Van Helsing naturalist, played by Holling Manners from Angel . He has captured a wolf, then gets help from Sherman (Graham Greene - Defiance ). His plan is to broadcast a live werewolf transformation online to 100,000 subscribers.
The Mayor issues a Kill or capture order on her step-daughter Ruby ( Mia Kirshner ); Tyler the evil husband disagrees.
John Kanin (Lou Diamond Philips - Bats ) gets chewed out by the Sheriff. He still thinks that Ruby was on the run from a Cult. Yes, all the clues he has seen have still not penetrated his thick skull.