Eighteen-year-old Robbie Myers has difficulty talking to people. Not only is he shy, but he seems to say the wrong thing every time he opens his mouth, especially to the mysterious, handsome stranger who shows up at his supermarket job, defends him from an aggressive colleague and then asks him on a date. He can't believe a hot, worldly badboy like seventeen-year-old Colt Abernathy is actually interested. Yet he can’t deny that the ardor burning in Colt’s dark eyes is just for him. In the space of one breath, Robbie is launched from his plan to attend community college while living at home with his mom and saving up for a car to the tender yet passionate exploration of intense first love. Little does Robbie know…
Brought across during the height of the Civil War, Colt has remained trapped in the body of a lonely seventeen year old. When he spots the slim, blond-haired, blue eyed young man, pushing a line of shopping carts across a parking lot, Colt knows instantly they’re destined for each other. There’s just one major problem: if he survives the impending battle between vampires and the Matarians - an army of brutal vampire slayers - he’s going to live forever. Robbie isn’t…
In less than a summer, shy and introverted Robbie Myers goes from eighteen and never been kissed to the passionate intensity of first love that could last forever. Literally…
Robbie Myers just turned eighteen, but you wouldn’t know it by looking at him. He’s always been small for his age, and with his blond hair, bright blue eyes, and cherubic face, he possesses a certain innocence and vulnerability that might be attractive to certain more dominant personalities.
Personalities like those of Colt, a cocky seventeen-year old rebel who struts around in his retro leather bomber jacket and Brogue Oxfords. Colt and his two dads are new to Boyne City, the small northern Michigan town where Robbie grew up.
Robbie works at the local supermarket which is where he first spots Colt. He’s been a bag boy since he was fifteen, and he plans to continue working after he starts community college in the fall. He also earns extra cash by mowing lawns in the trailer park where he lives with his mother. He dreams of getting his education and someday leaving the small town.
Robbie’s a gifted pianist, and he often uses music to channel his emotions. He can express himself far more eloquently with a keyboard than with words or actions. He was only eight years old when he started playing, and although he cannot imagine life without music, he can’t quite envision himself on stage in the limelight.
Robbie meets Colt one night as he’s getting out of work. Of course, he’s tongue-tied and nervous, and he doesn’t know what to say to the handsome stranger. He begins to feel things he's never felt before--infatuation, sexual attraction, and an excitement that practically makes him giddy.
Being gay has never really been all that big of a deal. Most people don't really think about Robbie in terms of his sexual orientation. At least not as far as he knows. They probably think of him as being more or less asexual because he's never really had a boyfriend or girlfriend. He's kind of introverted, and on top of that, he's shy.
If they only knew the things that went on inside Robbie's head! He thinks about hot guys all the time, and at least once or twice a day, he takes matters into his own hand. He can't help it; it's like an addiction. And when he thinks of one specific hot guy...wow!
Colt's just so sexy. He's everything Robbie's not. He's got broad shoulders and a muscular chest, and Robbie loves his dark hair and eyes. That grin of Colt's makes him melt every time. He also looks pretty damn hot in those jeans and that sexy leather jacket he always wears. Robbie wishes he could be that cool himself, but just being around Colt makes him feel cooler.
The first time they went out on a real date, Colt took him to the movies. When he thinks about the things Colt did to him in that dark theater, Robbie can't help but blush...and want to do them all over again!
The people in his home town probably wouldn't understand the type of relationship he and Colt have. In some ways, Boyne is a pretty open and accepting community, but there still are a lot of prejudiced people. It's not like you're gonna see gay couples holding hands and walking down the street together.
Sometimes he gets scared when he thinks about the future. He wants more for his life than what small-town northern Michigan has to offer, but he fears he'll end up like so many of the locals. Like his mom. She worked hard all her life, and the only thing she has to show for it is a double-wide trailer in the mobile home park.
Robbie wants to travel the world, visit Europe and Asia. He wants to see and do things most people only dream about. Then he thinks about his mom, and he wonders if she ever had similar aspirations. What if he lets his life slip away the way she has and suddenly realizes he hasn't accomplished anything?
But if his mom ever thinks this way, she doesn't say it out loud. She's not a pretentious person. She's so transparent, in fact, there are times Robbie wishes she'd at least try to be a little subtler. He loves her; he really does. But he sometimes wonders if she really understands him. Would it hurt her if she knew how much he wanted NOT to be like her?
Though Robbie’s no wimp when it comes to pain tolerance, he suffers from an embarrassing problem. He grows weak and passes out at the site of blood, particularly his own. On the very day of his first date with Colt, like a klutz, he drops a glass in the kitchen and cuts his hand cleaning it up. When he sees his own blood, he faints and in the process hits his head. He can never tell Colt. He’d surely think Robbie was a wuss.
Robbie can’t believe Colt has lived for seventeen years without ever tasting an ICEE. They’re Robbie’s favorite! Especially the cherry flavor. The first time he gets Colt to try one, though, he forgets to warn him to drink slowly. The result—instant brain freeze! If he didn’t feel so guilty about forgetting to warn Colt, the whole thing would’ve been hilarious.
It’s kind of weird, because Colt came from a big city—Seattle, Washington. He seems so worldly and experienced, yet at other times he says and does things you really wouldn’t expect from a teenager. Colt’s just like that, though. He’s unique, his own person, and that’s what Robbie likes most about him.
Robbie loves his mom, and he's always been close to her. But at times she's too controlling. She's got to realize he's not a little kid any more. He's eighteen years old! She really does have a big heart, and she wants only the best for him, but she has a way of embarrassing him. It's like she has no filter and blurts things out before thinking about how they'll sound when she says them.
Back in high school, when all the other kids were out partying and having fun, Robbie was working. He loves working hard and saving up money. He's already saved over two thousand dollars, in spite of the fact he gives half his money to his mom to help out with household expenses. He plans to use his savings to purchase a car.
He can't imagine what it'd be like to have rich parents like Colt. Colt has two dads, both quite successful. He has a 71 Mustang convertible and always carries around a big wad of cash. When he spends money on Robbie, it makes Robbie feel guilty. Well, sometimes it does, but a lot of times he's flattered. He just can't believe someone like that would shower him with so much attention.
If there's anything Robbie's gotten from his mom, it's his work ethic. He takes a lot of pride in doing his job well. Sure, he's still just a bag boy down at the supermarket, but his boss has told him he's the best he's ever seen. Robbie can bag groceries faster than any of the other courtesy clerks, and he thinks pretty soon he might get promoted to cashier.
Even when he's not working at the store, Robbie finds other ways to make money. On his days off, he mows lawns in the trailer park. On a good day, he can make two or three hundred bucks.
Maybe someday things will change. Maybe Colt and he will end up like Colt's dads, happily married. Then again, how can he predict what the future holds? Right now, he's still young, but he knows he won't be that way forever.
Or will he?
At the time of Colt's conversion, he was a Union soldier in the Civil War. He watched as his lover, James, gave his life on the battlefield, and at that point Colt could scarcely muster the will to go on himself. When he at last was mortally wounded, Colt welcomed death, only to awaken to excruciating pain and an insatiable hunger for human blood.
Under Richard's mentoring, Colt adapts to his new form of existence, but he's kept in the dark--literally and figuratively. For a century and a half he is unaware of his vampiric ancestry. He knows that Richard and his partner Brendan have a much greater tolerance of sunlight than he has himself. He knows that other vampires exist, but Richard has taught him that vampires are solitary creatures with strict territorial boundaries.
So Colt immerses himself in the evolution of human culture. He's fascinated with the 1950s, and adopts a badboy, rebel image. He dons himself with befitting attire--a classic leather bomber jacket and Brogue Oxfords.
One of the pitfalls of vampire existence, particularly in a modern world, is that staying in one location too long is extremely risky. With his immutable youthful appearance, Colt can't go unnoticed for too long. After a few years, humans begin to notice he's not aging.
The most contented stage of his undead existence has been the previous decade when he and his "fathers" lived in Seattle, Washington. Colt's not happy about the fact that Richard decides to create a new life for his vampire family in northern Michigan, especially since they're moving to such a rural town.
Most humans live a maximum of seven or eight decades, and over the course of this time period, they change significantly in multiple ways. Not only do their bodies age, they also grow and evolve emotionally, sexually, and socially. But vampires aren't human.
Colt Abernathy was born human, a hundred sixty-seven years ago. He died during the Civil War, at which time he began a new existence. An undead existence as a vampire.
For the next fifteen decades he remains trapped in a seventeen year old body. Unlike the fictional Dorian Gray, he doesn't merely avoid the physical aging process, but he also carries with him all the urges, anxieties, and passions of a typical adolescent.
He's more like Peter Pan, the boy who never grew up.
Colt's vampire father, Richard, converted him in order to save him from death. The irony of using perpetual death in order to avoid death isn't lost on Colt. He struggles to reconcile his bitterness about being condemned to a never-ending soulless existence with his gratitude to Richard for "saving" him.
When he sees Robbie for the first time, Colt is instantly reminded of his first and only love, James. Robbie has the same golden hair and bright blue eyes, and a flood of emotions overwhelm Colt. He has to find out more about the boy.
It's when he hears Robbie playing Rachmaninoff that's he's swept off his feet. He begins to imagine what it would be like to have a partner--a mate--to accompany him in his journey. Yet he knows it can never be. He could never even think of condemning sweet, young Robbie to the eternal, guilt-ridden existence he endures.
To make matters worse, Colt then learns that there are forces, both vampire and human, that do not condone such trans-species relationships. If he and Robbie are to have a future together, they must fight for their very survival.