Manolito is the fourth oldest of the five De La Cruz brothers, who were sent by Prince Vladimir Dubrinsky to the jungles of South America to rid the continent of the vampire, in protection of the Carpathian race. They have a ranch on the edge of the forest. He is aloof and aristocratic. His real name is Manuel but because his shoulders are broader and he has more muscle, his brothers tease him by reducing him to boy. When Luiz Silva, a jaguar male, nearly died trying to save two of the De La Cruz lifemates, Manolito saved him by converting him.
*NOTE: Though it wasn't talked about in Dark Possession, Manolito becames Hän ku pesäk kaikak through exchanging blood with his lifemate, MaryAnn. In Dark Blood, Zev tells Mikhail of the Sange rau and how anyone of mixed blood, like MaryAnn and Manolito, would be put on a hit list and need protection.*
- Manolito is the first person to convert a male.
- He is also the first Carpathian to go to the Tree of Life and have to be pulled back.
- Manolito is the first Carpathian to have the ability to go to the next world and back, though it was a temporary ability to allow him to stop Maxim in the Land of Mist.