Ryder, a werewolf, loses everything at age 15 when his family dies a brutal death. Plunged into a world of painful grief so suddenly, nightmares and loneliness accompany him as he is left to roam the wilderness for 7 long years. He had nowhere to go, no one to run to. He felt so alone that many a time he was certain he was nothing but a ghost. But Ryder is reminded of his mortality when he is shot by hunters one day and comes close to death. Though, he is found in the nick of time by a vampire named Elric.
Elric takes him in and patches him up, and once he learns of Ryder's past, he welcomes him into his vampiric family and makes it his mission to take care of the werewolf from there on out. Ryder, reintroduced to a taste of civilization, struggles with the pain of his past and the familial love the vampires provide in the present. Though, after a year of living with them, he finds that life might be looking up after all.
Until the night their house is set aflame. During the panic of getting everyone to safety, Ryder gets separated from the family, and ends up lost in the wilderness again, searching for them. After a few weeks, in a starvation-driven visit to a city, Ryder gets attacked by an unknown assailant and finds himself injured yet again. The deja-vu hits him hard when he is rescued by a much larger group of vampires, who happen to know who Elric and his family are.
Now under their care, Ryder waits long months to hear word of his vampiric family, and discovers a few things about his past and what might be his future along the way. Something much direr could be connected to the death of his original family, and something much more sinister could be after the throats of them all. But what both Ryder and his newfound threat must come to learn, is that there is no greater protective power than love.