In 1641, 19-year-old Baron Gideon Redoak inherits an estate, and welcomes aid from a charismatic stranger, Etienne Corbeau. But Corbeau seduces young Gideon and then kills him. Gideon awakens as a vampire, and the agony of his death begins the hell on earth in store for him. Gideon escapes Corbeau for a new life. But he knows that his final confrontation with Corbeau is inevitable. More
England during the reign of Charles I was an unfortunate time to be different.
In 1641, Baron Gideon Redoak takes on adult responsibilities at the age of nineteen, following his father's murder. As he struggles with his duties as a peer and the new head of his family, the countryside around his estate is terrorized by mysterious deaths. Gideon welcomes an offer of assistance from a charismatic stranger, Etienne Corbeau. Corbeau has more than one hidden agenda. He recognizes Gideon's confused feelings toward other young men for what they are. But Corbeau also has far more sinister objectives when he seduces young Gideon and then kills him. Gideon is not destined to rest in peace. He awakens as a vampire, and the agony of his death is merely the beginning of the hell on earth that Corbeau plans for him.
Gideon eventually escapes Corbeau, and only then does he learn the breadth and variety of the shadowy supernatural underworld to which he now belongs. Independent at last, he attempts to build an existence for himself with new friends and a new lover. As the decades pass, Gideon and those he loves face hard choices and shattering changes. But despite the loyalty and support of his friends, Gideon knows that his final confrontation with Corbeau is inevitable. Even with magic's aid, Gideon has no idea whether he can survive that confrontation--and what it will cost him.
Taking the reader from Puritan England to twentieth century America, Gideon Redoak is a deeply human story of hope lost and found against daunting odds.