The medieval kingdom of Megara is getting ready for a wedding.
And vampires can’t wait to crash the wedding.
Ava is about to turn thirteen and be married. She’s been promised to Wolfstan since birth. But Wolfstan is no sterling catch. He suffers from the Great Pox, syphilis, and is covered from head to toe with grotesque, weeping sores. Only the intervention of the alchemist wizard Perdix saved her from Wolfstan’s attempted rape when she was nine.
Ava will do anything not to wed Wolfstan, even if it means submitting to the Ichor, the bloodthirsty vampires who live in the Caves of Rotou in the mountains high above Castle Corlac.
And Perlix will do anything to save her soul.
Everyone in the castle believes that Perdix’s willingness to help the young girl lies in his wish to make Ava his own mistress. But Perdix has many secrets.
Even with the aid of witches, their magic may not be strong enough. Can the aged wizard rescue Ava? Or will the Ichor turn him into one of their own?