In desperation, a father unknowingly makes a deal with a devil to save his family from the horrors of the Holocaust of Romania. With a mere slice of a raven's claw, the father's blood becomes the first payment of a debt to a mysterious stranger – a debt now owed and paid with the lives of the first-born daughters of all the father's male heirs for generations to come.
After learning of the horrifying curse following his family, and after suffering personal tragedies of his own, Nick White, the grandson of the man whose innocent desperation was the unfortunate catalyst for the suffering endured by Nick’s entire family, Nick enlists the aid of his aunt, an expert in mythology and folklore and fearless adventurer, to try to, somehow, shatter the dark magic that has held on to their family like an iron vice. In his quest, Nick is plunged into strange, mythic lands and comes face to face with figures whose mere existence had thus far been the stuff of stories. In the end, Nick must sacrifice all he holds dear and confront a creature, who, as his very name implies, is the deathless one.