P. T. Barnum is looking for more attractions for his touring shows. The year is 1882 and Barnum's special agent, Henry Feder, seeks out a wonderful new violinist, Nicolaties. It is more than forty years since 's greatest violinist, Nicolo Paganini, died without last rites. A few people wonder why Nicolaties looks, behaves, and plays violin like that famed Paganini, but Henry Feder is starting to see an even bigger picture. There has been a struggle with Paganini's son and the church over burial of Paganini's unblest remains that strangely seems to focus on Nicolaties. Also, Nicolaties' vampire mentors do not like competition grabbing their star talent, and wonder if they should start clearing the field by converting Henry into a snack. As luck would have it one of the mentors, a female vampire finds something in that first bite she didn't bargain for, and Henry enters the fray acting more for the mentors than P. T. Barnum. Ultimately, artificial lightning crashes from the hand of a dark electrical genius, Nikola Tesla and the final battle begins.