With Ivan and Dmitri turned, Aleksei, Rosa, and Yuri are living in Spain in relative safety and anonymity, though they are all aware they are probably under surveillance. Aleksei, using what supplies he can have smuggled in, has been doing research into their blood, and their bloodlines. Through extensive testing, hes come up with startling and somewhat terrifying results about who, and what, they are. Oleg and Anya have big news that is not only improbable but, for Olegs part, impossible. When Ivan and Dmitri come calling, Oleg finds out very quickly the truth to this mystery, in a most painful way. Olegs warning sends the rest on the run from Spain, along with Anya, who flees Russia to join them. Now they are headed for the high, ancient mountain strongholds in Romania, seeking to remove themselves as far as possible from both the Russian government and the two men who are now complete puppets of the program that created them.