Jonathan Harker, a newly qualified lawyer, is travelling from England to Count Dracula's distant crumbling castle on the border of Transylvania. The purpose of his trip is to provide legal support to Dracula for a property transaction overseen by Harker's law firm.
At first enticed by Dracula's gracious manner, Harker soon discovers that he has become a prisoner in the castle. He also begins to see disquieting facets of Dracula's nocturnal life. One night while searching for a way out of the castle, and against Dracula's strict admonition not to venture outside his room at night, Harker falls under the spell of three wanton female vampires, "the Sisters." He is saved at the last second by the Count, because he wants to keep Harker alive just long enough to obtain needed legal advice and teachings about England and London. Harker barely escapes back home with his life.
Not long afterward, a Russian ship, the Demeter, having weighed anchor at Varna, runs aground on the shores of Whitby, England, during a fierce tempest. All of the crew are missing and presumed dead, and only one body is found, that of the captain tied to the ship's helm. The captain's log is recovered and tells of strange events that had taken place during the ship's journey. These events led to the gradual disappearance of the entire crew apparently owing to a malevolent presence on board the ill-fated ship. An animal described as a large dog is seen on the ship leaping ashore. The ship's cargo is described as silver sand and boxes of "mould", or earth, from Transylvania.
Soon Dracula is hunting Harker's devoted fiancée, Wilhelmina "Mina" Murray, and her friend, Lucy Westenra. There is a notable encounter between Dracula and a mental patient Renfield, who eats insects, spiders, birds, and other creatures in order to absorb their life force. Renfield acts as a motion sensor, detecting Dracula's proximity and supplying clues to Harker and his friends, who begin to oppose Dracular's wicked plans to colonise London with his vampiric lovers and minions.
This book is gripping from start to finish and just remember Bram's own warning, "For the dead travel fast!"
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