Vlad returns home after his two months away to get over Erin. When he announces he'll be leaving again soon as his visit is only for a few days the count asks for Ingrid's help keeping him home. She succeeds and Vlad is forced to stay, however even without Ingrid plan he wouldn't have made it far.
As Vlads illness gets worse Renfield is rushed to find a cure, when he finally succeeds Vlad is suspicious of the reasons he was ill, had a cold, that breathers get, under pressure the count tell Vlad the secret of his birth, and isn't happy.
Vlad persuades Sally and George to stay a little while at Garside, as he would like to get to know them better. Despite his pleas for his vampire family to pretend to be normal, Ingrid can't help herself and chaos soon descends.
Elizabeta is calling Malik from from th e lake in the Blood Mirror, demanding that he come and rescue her. When he eventually gets into the basement he has trouble from the Gargoyle Guardians. Vlad's friend Talitha arrives by post to stay for Vlad's birthday.