From very different worlds, sixteen-year-old Cedric of Flanders and twenty-two-year-old Pierce of England have no reason to cross paths—until one fateful day, a powerful countess commands Cedric to escort her to England in search of Pierce. Unbeknownst to the boy, the countess is a scheming vampire and Pierce is prophesied to be the next master of her clan. She stands to gain untold influence and power were she to make Pierce a vampire and control him. But turning him proves easier than controlling him. Embroiled in the countess's wake of death and destruction, Pierce and Cedric form an unlikely alliance and embark on a perilous quest to end her wickedness.