The novella is the latest entry in the popular House of Night series and takes place in turn-of-the-century Chicago. Sixteen year-old Emily Wheiler’s life has changed since her mother died. Her demanding and influential father wants Emily to assume her mother's role and run the household. But Emily longs for love and a life of her own. Her father reveals a dark and violent side when he forbids his daughter to become attached to any man. After Emily is marked by a vampire and brought to the Chicago House of Night, she begins a magical new life and carries a dark need to wreak vengeance on the man she trusted most.