In 1802, Aaron is killed while trying to save a woman when he is in the city. He awakes to find himself in a coffin, and his mother reaveals he is a vampire. He decides he does not to do his annual kill, so he will die (forever) on the anniversary of his death, because he doesn't believe in killing, especially to prolong his own life. About 7 months later when he is drinking, he meets Cassandra DuCharme, who informs him that he can take more blood than he had, and then he won't have to drink every night. In his final days Cassandra finds him again, and convinces him to kill.