Life is long, and then you can’t die.
In a fit of non-existential pique, and an irrational fear that she may have the plague, Moravia MontClare, top recruiter for the Karnofsky vampire family, quits her job, gets a pet and looks for a new lover.
It’s Mora’s 899th birthday and she’s having a mid-dead crisis. She doesn’t look a day over 40—a really good 40 with all the enhancements that money can buy. But Mora’s spoiled—always gets what she wants—and she’s flat-out bored with life and pretty sick to death of this vampire thing. If that’s not dark enough, Mora becomes alarmed when several small eruptions on her skin blossom into faint symbols she doesn’t recognize. Two fade away, the third does not.
On the night of her birthday party, she sees something she can’t have: Basilica Sauternes, a gorgeous human, an art historian, and Straight. When Basilica sees the symbol on Mora’s wrist, she identifies it as an ancient symbol of …something. As Basilica bends over to inspect the symbol, Mora observes her abundant décolletage. Mora sees the light, all right, and it’s blindingly hot.
Moravia pursues a friendship to see what Basilica Sauternes is all about. But as the friendship ensues, Mora discovers they have more in common than a curiosity about the symbols. She is torn between her attraction to Basilica and her fear that the symbols portend great disruption when Basilica suggests Mora is not who she thinks she is. And then what? Can Mora overcome her fear of change? Can she be satisfied with less? Can she like Basilica just as a friend?