A sadistic murderer wants Anne dead. Then a bonafide vampire ruins her first date in a decade, and as if that wasn't enough, the attack reveals that her new boyfriend isn't at all who he seemed.
Anne Perrin's life began in rural Indiana with the horror of her father abusing her brother at every turn while favoring her. Though Anne tried to protect her brother, she couldn't. Then one night when she was a teenager, four of her brother's jock friends raped her in her own bedroom while her brother looked on. Unable to cope, she ran away, ending up in San Francisco, where—18 years later—she manages to hold a job as a waitress but otherwise rarely leaves her apartment. Suffering from chronic PTSD has made her a recluse who longs to live without fear or loneliness. Her best friend encourages her to take a chance and go when she's asked out on a date. What's the worst that can happen?
Unfortunately, the good looking, successful man Anne nervously ventures out to meet is anything but the hero she's longed for. Luring her into a dark furniture store, he attacks her, cuts her throat...
But angels are watching.
Charlie is the genius behind Z-Tech Industries, one of the largest technology innovators in the world. A trauma in his past haunts him, causing him to seclude himself inside the walls of his factory. His attempt to reintegrate and reconnect with the world brings him in contact with Anne, and, before he knows it, he's falling for her despite his uncertainties. All might be well except that Charlie has secrets the likes of which a sheltered, timid loner like Anne can't begin to imagine...
Unfathomably, Anne finds herself in the center of a war between modern-day humanity and an ancient vampire threat. To survive and heal from the demons haunting her, then and now, she must come to grips with her past in order to face her future. Failing to do either will threaten not just her survival but that of the entire world.