Victoria is sold by her father the King of the human badlands to the Vampire Lord Sadismann as a hostage. She is a gift of her people's as a peace offering. As part of the bargain, Sadismann has promised 'She will not be sired, she will not be fed upon, she will not be tasted, her skin will be unbroken, and her chastity unchallenged by those under my domain'. Victoria's life as the only human guest in the vampire's Black keep humans called the 'cradle of filth' isn't as simple as she hopes. Sadismann is a cruel dangerous man as lethal as he is strong, and as troubled as he is scalding hot. A man comfortable with breaking a promise if it suits him but smart enough not to lightly restart a bitter war which weakens his coven. He is also master of an ancient powerful Vampire coven. In it Victoria must find a way to survive in a nest of remorseless plotters and schemers. The high priestess of the blood god and Sadismann's betrothed all see Victoria as another blasphemy to be purged from their centuries of carefully constructed conspiracy. Over time Victoria stands Sadismann's punishments and learns a grudging respect for him. She makes friends with some the human familiars and with them she must uncover the truth. Is Sadismann unraveling the centuries of pain and learning to feel something he has not felt before? Or is this another plot within a plot ? While she knows the Vampire treachery Victoria begins to feel emotions she is scared of. Can she survive her year as a slave to the vampire overlord? Can the vampire overlord survive a year without breaking his vows? book #1 of the Crimson Crown series comments Djsachinbhatia "You're the only person I know who can make me so immersed that I forget I'm reading a book!! Plus not many paranormal stories can keep my interest alive as long as you have !!"