In this touchy subject novella, 15 year old Emily Wheiler just wants to be like normal girls her age, especially after her mother's death. With many responsibilities as the lady of the manor, and no free time, she starts to realize that her father is threatening in more than one way once drunk. Thinking she's found a way out, she finds a man to court her. Her father then beats and violates her, scarring her for life. After escaping, she is found by a vampire and marked as a fledgling, that must reside at the House of Night. She changes her name to Nefret, exacts her revenge on her father, then starts her new life as a vampire fledgling.
This book has an extremely mature theme. The entire book hints to the end, and the events leading up to it. This book does explain the antagonist's reasons for being the way she is in the House of Night novels. The authors did a great job of setting a tone to the novella such as some instances when they would use the words "burning gaze" to describe the way her father looked at her. You can tell that the character is almost constantly threatened or scared, very rarely happy. The book was written very well, other books written in the same time setting as this one I found rather boring. This book had a very mature theme and I would not recommend it for people under 15 due to the graphic violence.