He came to her in the night, a predator -- strength and power chiseled his features. The seduction was deep and elemental; he affected her soul. His need. His darkness. His terrible haunting loneliness. Her senses aroused, she craved the dangerous force of his body. Burned for him. And he had only touched her with his mind.
She came to him at dawn, his bleakest hour. As the beast raged inside him, threatening to consume him, he vented his centuries-old despair in an anguished cry that filled the waning night. And she answered, a ray of light, piercing his darkness. A beautiful angel. Her compassion, courage, and innocence awakened in him an exquisite longing and tenderness. He knew he must possess her, for only she could tame his savage side and lift the dark shadow from his soul. Apart they were desolate, bereft. Intertwined physically and spiritually, they could heal one another and experience an eternity of nights filled with love.
The book begins with Mikhail, who is weary and despairing of life, resolving to end it all with the coming dawn, but he is distracted from his decision by a telepathic conversation with Raven, a psychic American tourist. Intrigued by the sudden emotions he feels at hearing her voice, Mikhail tracks her down to an inn in the nearby human village and soon recognizes her as his true lifemate. Plagued by doubt and fear, he decides to live with her as a mortal instead of risking her becoming deranged by the conversion process as so many other human women have in their history.
But soon a group of human fanatics hunting vampires murders Mikhail's sister Noelle and attacks Raven, forcing Mikhail to convert her to save her life. Her miraculous survival of the conversion process gives hope that others like her may become lifemates to the Carpathian people. The danger to Raven does not end there, though. A vampire kidnaps Raven and gravely wounds Mikhail and his brother Jacques. Several Carpathian warriors band together to fight the vampire and his minions, some of whom are ironically the human vampire-hunters. After Raven is rescued, Mikhail decides to pull his people farther into the Carpathian Mountains in an effort to avoid by persecution by humans and allow Raven to adjust to her new life.