Saint Louis, 1981. Epidemiologist Shaun Malloy is overworked and under-appreciated. Chasing STD cases day in and day out, Malloy and his fellow investigators in the clinic are not prepared when a fatal wasting disease appears that seems to hone in on the city's gay community. As they strive to understand this new threat, matters are made worse by Trey Vonderhaar, a talented entrepreneur who runs a lucrative private men's club that caters to the appetites of a privileged class. Despite warnings from health officials, Vonderhaar is determined to benefit from his enterprise without regard to the dangers the luxury sex hotel presents. Perhaps too dedicated to his job, Malloy is just as intent on shutting Vonderhaar down, and, along with best friend and bondsman Teri Kincaid, isn't above resorting to extreme measures to do it. Written in crime fiction-style, Creatures On Display is a ribald look at the dogged efforts of an in-the-trenches band of investigators trying to get a handle on this mysterious malady, just the newest plague of many that have beleaguered mankind from its beginnings.