He first made an appearance in a Supreme Council meeting with the Irish Sanctuary where they discussed helping out the Sanctuary. Later he and Erskine Ravel were seen arguing, and he then later threatened Ravel. Ravel, taking extreme measures to prevent other Sanctuaries interfering, arrested Strom and imprisoned him. Bernard Sult, envoy of the American Sanctuary, found out he was in a detention cell and was furious. The Sanctuary eventually released him at the end of the book, and he generously agreed to alter Sult's report of the occurrence, as he believed he would have done the same. However, as he packed his things, Billy-Ray Sanguine and Tanith Low broke in, and Tanith assassinated him by slicing his head off, under the order of the Roarhaven Mages and the Man with Golden Eyes.