Byron, a Carpathian male and hunter of the vampire, follows the sound of compelling music to Italy. There he discovers his lifemate, Antonietta Scarletti, heiress to the great Scarletti fortune. A renowned concert pianist, Antonietta is the glue that holds the Scarletti family together. Blinded in an explosion that killed her parents, she nevertheless stands to run the family shipping business. Antonietta lives in the Palazzo della Morte, the Palace of Death. There, like her ancestors, she finds someone wants her dead. Antonietta has a few secrets of her own and together, Byron and Antonietta face the killers and one out-of-control Carpathian youth.