Hemophage (n.): One who subsists on blood; a vampire. Also, strigoi.
Forcibly made strigoi in 1619, Robin Bradford flees his native England for the New World, eventually becoming an American patriot.
During WWII, he promises a dying Marine to give Naomi, the infant daughter he would never meet, a unique memento of her father. Fulfilling that obligation will consume nearly sixty years.
Growing up unaware of Robin and his mission, Naomi is raped by her neighbor Alphonse and bears his son. When baby Joseph turns four, a spiteful Alphonse—himself a newly-made strigoi—turns him. And Joseph subsequently turns his mother.
The boy matures; his baby’s body doesn’t; and he projects his frustrations onto Naomi, who still suffers under Alphonse’s domination.
When Robin finally encounters Naomi, three obstacles threaten their newfound love—Joseph, Alphonse, and a lethal new danger: another strigoi, hiding in plain sight, dedicated to destroying them both.
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