As a young man in 18th century France, Christian Du Mauré impulsively follows his best friend into the complex and warring world of the Parisian vampires. Against the backdrop of the French Revolution and following an affair with a mortal aristocrat, he promises to watch over her daughter- only to learn the child is his.
Now settled in Manhattan, only two descendents of his union remain, Amanda and her brother Ryan. After Amanda witnesses a savage murder in Central Park she is determined to find the ethereal stranger who saved her life.
When their worlds inevitably collide, Christian finds he cannot prevent Amanda from becoming a pawn in a centuries-old struggle for power. As a confrontation between ancient enemies comes to a head, Christian must face a betrayal from his past that haunts him and threatens the woman he loves.