Sam has high expectations for the newest vampire in the city - a young man called Ben. She should have... she was the one who converted him. As a mortal Ben had been strong, sharp-minded, and dashing, with a well developed dark side, so he should have made a great prince on the other side.
But Sam soon starts to wonder about her choice, especially when she finds herself wet-nursing the new recruit. It seems that Ben is a long way off from the formidable menace that she had envisaged.
And as if that's not enough to worry about, Sam runs into trouble down at the dockyards. Usually that place is a great hunting ground in the dead of night, what with all its shadowy traps and dead ends, but on this occasion the hunt goes terribly wrong.
As a result of that trouble a pack of would-be slayers gets wind of the fact that there are vampires in town. The game is on. The slayers are about to dust off their weapons and turn the hunters into the hunted.