Since the summer that changed the world, Gillespie Emerson has hated what he is. For two centuries, he has killed and tortured as carelessly as any vampire, but now all he wants is to go back to England. Finding others like himself, he sails across the Channel and lands on the Kentish coast, determined to make a new life in his old home, but will he live long enough to make the life he wants? Tired of waiting for Paloma to tell him if she wants him or not, Rowley Orrick leaves Cadenbourne to get some space to clear his head. What he finds will change his own life, and that of the young woman he loves, forever.