Doran Payne is a vampire whoas not only retained a caring heart and most, if not all, of his soul in his thus far one-hundred-plus years of life, but heas done the forbidden a heas fallen in love with a mortal woman and she with him. His life being forfeit by the ancients who made him, Doran sets out to tell the entangled tale of his life for two reasons: to put an end to the morbid fascination that many humans have with all things vampiric and undead, and to somehow save the lives of those he has come to love. With honest words and the deepest of personal perspective, Doran weaves for us the vampireas life. In artfully dispelling the lies and romanticized half-truths, this all-too-human vampire gives us a new mythology, new eyes from which to view their hungered existence and eternal sanguisuganal life. Allow yourselves the seductive pleasure of its well-honed language and the immortal emotion that drove the vampire to pick up the pen. Can a vampire love, and if it does, can that love stand the truest of tests a time?