Elena has been given an assignment by her vampire leader—to kill the Vampire King or see her family perish. As she tries to carry out her assignment, she unexpectedly finds passion in the arms of a mysterious and tall vampire named Sebastian. Nothing has prepared her for the smoldering desire she feels when Sebastian touches her. Elena keeps her distance from Sebastian, but how long can she sacrifice her craving for Sebastian and her burning thirst for human blood? With little hope for success, she devises a plan to get her family to safety and save her own life. Will the quest end in the death of her kind or bring her together with the love of her life?