With no law to govern the vampire world, Charles Free is a self-appointed Crusader, sworn to fight evil among his own kind. Known long ago as Sir Charles, the Handsome Giant, he was once as proud of his appearance as he is of his honor. When an attack by vampire hunters armed with silver weapons causes deformities even his power of regeneration cannot heal, Charles chooses to simply disappear, rather than have the woman he loves see his mutilated face.
Alone and heartbroken, Marie Connor wades through months of depression, always hoping that one day Charles will come back to her. A friend drags her to a Halloween party, where she meets a masked stranger who reminds her too much of her missing lover. In her heart, she knows this compelling man is Charles, but why the charade? The answer to her question will only be found in his arms during a night of scorching passion and dark confessions.