Young and beautiful, Fenice Zucchar lives in opulent splendor on the world's richest island. Yet her soul yearns for the freedom of the sea -- for the breathtaking sights and sounds that await her far from the velvet prison of Venice -- and on the eve of her arranged wedding she stows away on one of her brother's ships. But her plans are dashed when she is discovered and abandoned in the teeming port of Varna. Panic is descending upon the city, for death has come to this place, spawning stories told in hushed, frightened whispers of a bloodthirsty demon wandering in the night. The mesmerizing creature of alluring power and dark sensuality has chosen Fenice, offering the young noblewoman more freedom than she could know in a hundred lifetimes. But there is another already waiting at the Dark Lord's mountain domain when Fenice and her new master arrive: a lovely and crazed consort mad corrupted by Dracula's terrible passion, who could prove to be Fenice's staunchest ally and sister, or her most fearsome adversary.