Hope Havergale first meets the mysterious teenager Christian Livingston on her seventh birthday when he saves her from plummeting into a cradle of water inside a forbidden forest. As he licks fresh blood droplets from her injured wrist, Hope is spellbound. Seemingly powerless to his charms, Hope has no idea that it will be her destiny to embark on a breathtaking, perilous adventure with this two-hundred year-old vampire.
As Hope grows up and inherits an old house in the Florida Keys from her estranged grandmother, she secretly pines for Christian-the man who haunts her dreams. While yearning for his good looks and succulent tin-cinnamon scent, Hope is clueless that it is Christian who fell in love with her when she was just seven. Worse yet, Hope doesn't realize the truth about her own veiled past-that even she isn't fully human. When Christian reappears one day, she falls hard, rousing the monster within her. Somewhere between skin and ink and blood and love, a sinful self-discovery awaits Hope as she becomes entangled in a conflict between civilized and savage vampires.
In this seductive tale, bloodlust quickly turns to bloodshed when the arrival of a new danger threatens to destroy both their secret love and surreptitious existence.