The Year is 1817. In Switzerland, the Count Saint-Germain leads a comfortable life with his paramour Hero, whose husband died fighting Napoleon. Saint - Germain's loving kindness cannot keep Hero from missing her children, who are being raised by their hard-hearted grandfather.The Count has become intrigued by the work of an Austrian noble investigating the properties of blood, a subject always of keen interest to a vampire. But when the noble's beautiful ward fixates sexually on the Count, the vampire fears for himself and his gentle lover.
Chelsea Quinn Yarbro has been nominated for the Edgar, the World Fantasy, and the Bram Stoker Awards. She has received the Knightly Order of the Brasov Citadel from the Transylvanian Society of Dracula and was the novelist Guest of Honor at the First World Dracula Congress in Romania. Yarbro lives in Berkeley, CA.