Can you imagine being a little girl that could speak to the dead, and have no one to rely on? Can you imagine that little girl growing up and going through life trying to block out all the fantastic things she can see and instead focus her life on the logical, the scientific?
Now imagine that little girl as a young woman with a career, a stable life that suits her just fine, a closely guarded heart, when one day she meets someone that completely turns that comfortable life inside out.
That life belongs to Anna Greer, a brilliant microbiologist who’d been working for Macgregor Pharmaceuticals for a little over six months when she finally meets Gareth Macgregor, the enigmatic owner of one of the few privately held pharmaceutical companies in the nation.
Anna finds herself unusually drawn to Gareth, his spectacular looks not the only thing that draws her to him. At first, it’s the feeling of recognition in his unusual eyes that sparks her curiosity, then he shows up in her dreams that night, a phantom wish that may not be a phantom at all.
Disturb, but curiously intrigued, Anna returns to work the next day, hoping to catch another glimpse of Gareth, to see if the draw is still there, but although he doesn’t show up in person, another strange encounter leaves her even more curious about her absentee employer.
That night, Anna decides to stop into the local pub, something that is uncharacteristic for her. At first, the pub seems empty, but a commotion in the back room catches her attention. Gareth is there, and she tries to leave before he sees her. Unfortunately, or maybe fortunately, Gareth does notice her and he catches her before she can leave. After a brief exchange that leaves her feeling miserable, she escapes, only to have Gareth visit her again that night, but is he really visiting her, or is it a dream again?
In the morning, in the bright light of day, she finds herself bereft, and positive that his visits were no dream. For a woman who had vowed never to let her heart be hurt again, this is a strange feeling for her and one she doesn’t understand at all.
She decides to find out more about the elusive Gareth Macgregor. Her search begins with the internet, but when that only turns up information more mysterious than the man himself, she heads to the library to delve into local archives for answers.
When those leave her shaking her head in confusion and frustration, a helpful librarian sends her to Written, a local bookstore with a reputation for eccentric inventory and even more unusual proprietors.
What she finds there, and with the friends she makes, Gareth’s true identity is revealed. She also learns something about herself that brings her childhood crashing back on her.
Something else is revealed to her. She’s being watched, and not just by Gareth.
When Gareth finds her missing from her home, he comes to Written looking for her. When Anna sees him, all her defenses come down. No matter that he’s a vampire, no matter that she had vowed never to fall in love. The sight of him standing there, looking disheveled and worried, brings her the realization that he is what she had been waiting for her entire life.
Gareth has spent centuries alone, grieving over a loss in his former life and living with the curse of being a vampire. In Anna, he finds his salvation and hope for a future that had previously been bleak and inhospitable.
Together, although with a little difficulty from Anna’s independent streak and Gareth’s old-fashioned notions of protection, they work to find what Gareth has been trying for centuries to develop— a cure for vampirism. But there is something—someone—that doesn’t want them to find it; Padraigan, Gareth’s sire and immortal enemy.
Now, they are in a race for their very existence, as Padraigan hunts them at every turn. With help from new friends and a reluctant enemy-turned-ally that has his own issues with Padraigan, they fight to stay alive and look for the elusive cure.