I almost missed this book by a favorite author. All of her other books have been out of print for a long time, and this one was published and went out of print before I knew it existed.
This book continues the Austra family series with the newest generation. In earlier books the family discovered a single woman who had enough of their blood in her that she could both be turned to become one of them, and also could bear children without them killing her. In this book one of those children finds another woman like his mother and begins a relationship with her.
There is, of course, plenty of plot outside of that romantic relationship, involving still others who are almost, but not quite, Austra family members. If you have read the other books in the series you will want to read this one too.
In spite of his nature, Richard, son of Stephen Austra and Helen Wells, plans to live as normal a life as possible in the human world. While attending college in Chicago, he meets the brilliant mezzo soprano and Romanian refugee, Irena Sava. Their love affair-- fueled by music, blood and passion -- seems fated. But soon the young lovers are drawn into a battle with an enemy in the dangerous land Irena thought she had left behind.