Married for centuries and now living half a world apart, two vampires wake as the sun goes down. Adam sits holding a lute, in his cluttered Detroit Victorian, as Eve wakes up in her bedroom in Tangier, surrounded by books. Rather than feeding on humans, they are like addicts, dependent on local suppliers of the «good stuff» because they fear contamination from blood poisoned by the degradation of the environment. Adam visits a local blood bank in the dead of night, masquerading as «Dr. Faust», paying «Dr. Watson» for his coveted O negative, while Eve relies on their old friend Christopher Marlowe, who faked his death in 1593 and now lives under the protection of a local man.