A time-slip novel telling Dracula's story to young people. When Jon Harker and his step-sister, Sarah, accept a lift from a stranger after getting lost on the ski slopes in Romania, they are driven to a dark, intimidating castle and taken prisoner. Escape seems impossible and they realise with growing horror that the man who calls himself Count Dracula is not the gracious host he seems. The present and the past become strangely confused as they try to convince themselves that it is all a nightmare. After all, vampires only exist in legends... don't they?