Joseph is an Alchemist, looking for the fountain of youth.
As a serial killer lurk in the darkness, hunting innocent victims in the largely impoverished areas of London in 1888, and drains them of their last drop of blood, Count Joseph Burke practises alchemy within the shadows of an old church.
Maggie Abbot is a tutor, but it is not easy keeping a job when you are a pretty girl. When she gets dismissed from her latest job because the man of the house has roaming hands, she does not look forward to going home where her dad lives with her new stepmother.
Joseph convinces Maggie to tutor his ward, Beatrice, who has run away from home one too many times.
He did not expect to meet a girl who would steal his heart away...
He did not expect the thirst for blood after he discovered the fountain of youth.