In the steampunk world of Victorian London, a beautiful vampire seeks out the author of Dracula -to set the record straight . . . If one is to believe Bram Stoker's legendary vampire tale, Lucy Weston is Dracula's most wanton creation, a sexual creature of the night who preys on innocent boys. But the real-life Lucy is nothing like her fictional counterpart--and she demands to know why the Victorian author deliberately lied. With Stoker's reluctant help, she's determined to track down the very fiend who transformed her--from the sensual underworld where humans vie to become vampires, to a hidden cell beneath a temple to madness, and finally into the glittering Crystal Palace where death reigns supreme. Haunted by fragmentary memories of her lost life and love, Lucy must battle her thirst for blood as she struggles to stop a catastrophic war that will doom vampires and humans alike. Ultimately, she must make a choice that illuminates for her--and for us--what it means to be human.