Among the thirteen clans of the Kindred - vampires who secretly manipulate human events - the Toreador are dismissed as hedonists. They accept this as the price of preserving that which is beautiful...particularly themselves. Yet not all Toreador are so easily ignored. The cunning Victoria Ash makes Atlanta's most famous art museum her venue for plots that could win her control of the city. And though the sculptor Leopold desires only solitude to perfect his art, he is forced to enter the dangerous world of his kin to discover the truth of his past - with consequences that will change Kindred society forever. This series is monumental, 13-novel exploration of the forbidden world of the Kindred. Each book tells one clan's part in the epic story, but the novels themselves stand on their own. The story begins here, and its ending will determine the fate of every human - and inhuman - being in the world.