Over a hundred years ago a young man known as The Ox is called into domestic service. It is not a summons he can ignore as it comes from Castle Dracula. Inside the castle, Ox meets the Count, who is no supernatural monster, but a man driven by passions that are all too real. In his service Ox finds sheer survival a challenge. Yet the two form the least likely of friendships: a bonding of night and day, of cruelty and kindness. But when a woman they both want - and both need - is seduced into a life not of her choosing, Ox and the Count become locked in a passionate duel...
'This is a moving, psychological study of friendship, passion and betrayal. A seductive, dark and un-put-downable story.'
'We are thrust into the story from the first few pages and Kelleher does not let us go... It is, in short, compelling.'
Sunday Times (Canberra)