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.