Survival is an instinct; a corrupted one. The sacrifices a person makes to live another day may not be significant if they die the next. Yet people still value the instinct to live. Especially Emily Gilbert. She can't decide who would kill her first; her twin sister, Elena, who martyrs and then mourns the people she loves or Klaus, who, despite that he dislikes her at first, seems to have a hazardous interest towards Emily. Or maybe it's what's haunting Emily that will hunt her first. Like it did with the others. They are known as the Whisperers. The Lurkers. But they only have one true name.