The gruesome murder of world renowned historian reveals a sinister secret that has been kept hidden from the world for almost six centuries - a secret so powerful and valuable, that people are willing to kill for it, even today.
One day after the gruesome murder of Professor Marco Conti, his protégée Dr. Andrea Hendrikson, finds an envelope containing an almost six-century old document about Vlad Dracula, the illustrious fifteenth century Prince who once ruled over the Principality of Wallachia, what is now modern-day Romania.
Convinced that the document is in some way connected to her mentor's death, Dr. Hendrickson embarks on a quest to uncover the truth. Stunned she finds that her mentor, an inconspicuous historian, had been hunting for a secret so dangerous, that centuries ago, the Roman Catholic Church, together with the kings and emperors that ruled over the Christian lands, decided that it had to be hidden from the world forever.
The moment Dr. Hendrikson starts to delve in the murky depths of history, she finds that she herself has become a target. As the obscure treasure hunt suddenly turns into deadly reality, the historian is unwittingly plunged into a world she never believed existed: A world in which in which history has the power to kill and in which the legend of Vlad the Impaler, the fifteenth-century Wallachian prince who inspired the tale of Dracula, is still very much alive.
Her desperate search for the truth, leads her from the University of Oxford, to London, Paris and St. Gallen, and from there to a remote monastery in the Făgăraș Mountains, at the heart of what was once the principality of Wallachia.
"An unapologetic and haunting tale of power, vengeance, betrayal and the eternal quality of love."
Faced with an insurmountable enemy and betrayed by those he once trusted, Vlad III, Prince of Wallachia and Duke of Amlas and Fagaras, will stop at nothing to defend his throne and his country against the superior Ottoman might.
Determined to destroy Sultan Mehmed, the man who was once his closest friend and who now threatens to destroy his people, the Prince willingly descends into the realms of hell, giving up his very soul in return for victory and revenge.
Tempted by power and blinded by his burning need for vengeance, the Prince devices a diabolical plan which will have devastating consequences for both the innocent and the guilty.
But when this terrible, merciless tyrant sets eyes on the innocent girl he has chosen as the unwitting instrument of his vengeance, he will finally learn what it means to love. Torn between power, vengeance and love, he will drag her into his world, driven to possess her heart and soul.