Beth visits the DA’s office to file her official statement on Josh’s murder. While there, she runs into Mick, but is still too distressed and upset with him to speak with him.
Mick returns home that evening to find two ancient vampires waiting for him. An unusual-looking man and his associate are looking for Coraline. Mick declines to assist them.
After the strange encounter, Mick visits Josef and describes his visitors. Josef identifies the man as Lance, an incredibly powerful and “legendary” vampire who rarely leaves Europe. Josef counsels Mick to look out for himself, and to stay out from between Lance and Coraline.
Mick returns to the hospital from which Coraline disappeared and analyzes the security camera tape. He identifies the woman who helped Coraline sneak out as Cynthia Xavier Davis, another fellow vampire and long-time friend of Coraline.
To find the elusive Cynthia, Mick enlists the help of Logan, a youthful vampire with the necessary computer skills.
Meanwhile, Beth receives a visit from one of Josh’s co-workers who delivers his personal effects. She also learns that Josh had made her his life insurance beneficiary, a realization that moves her deeply. Looking through his things, she finds an appointment in his datebook for 8pm that evening at the Cafe Metro with a woman listed only as “Celeste.”
Mick and Logan have learned that Cynthia has recently earned a degree in biochemistry and been importing agricultural products from Coraline’s native France. He has also tracked Cynthia down to the Hardwick Hotel, where Mick goes to visit.
Loyal to Coraline, Cynthia provides Mick no assistance, but Logan has determined where the agricultural imports are being shipped, and sends Mick the information. Observing Coraline’s laboratory, he sees Lance arrive and confront Coraline.
Lance attacks Coraline and Mick intervenes. Coraline makes her escape, and during their fight Mick sees that Lance is no ordinary vampire. Lance knocks Mick to the floor and leaves. Mick calls The Cleaner to address the headless vampire Lance left behind. She divulges that this warehouse is a “hot spot” for clean-up requests, all newly-turned vampires recently killed.
At the Cafe Metro, Beth meets up with Celeste, the woman whom Beth assumed Josh was having an affair. Far from it, Celeste is a jeweler who was re-setting an heirloom diamond in a new setting for use as an engagement ring…
Meeting up again with Josef, he and Mick talk through the situation thus far. Mick, blind to the dangers, is desperate to find Coraline to learn more about the cure. Josef still warns Mick away, stressing the dangers of the far superior Lance and mistrustful of Coraline’s tendency to play mind games with Mick.
Mick again returns home to discover another visitor — this time Beth. She is ready to talk to Mick again and he invites her in. She tells him all she’s been experiencing, including the meeting with Celeste and the engagement ring.
A knock at the door interrupts their conversation and Mick opens it to find Coraline – who walks straight into Mick’s arms. Beth beats a hasty retreat and Mick stays in the apartment to talk with Coraline.
Coraline tells Mick the tale of French vampires in the 18th Century who had developed a botanical compound, which disguised the symptoms of vampirism, in order to avoid detection during the French Revolution.
The “cure” is not permanent, as Coraline’s conversion from human to vampire demonstrates. She shows Mick her small portion of the compound. Meanwhile, Beth visits her office and reads through old emails from Josh, her memories and feelings of guilt and grief overwhelming her.
Coraline offers to administer the cure to Mick before she leaves town and he readily agrees. She again expresses her love for him and they kiss, but Mick seems wary.
As they leave Mick’s apartment building, and he is feeling the humanizing effects of the compound, they are confronted by Lance and his associate. Lance reveals he is Coraline’s brother.
In the fight that ensues, Mick can not keep pace with the vampire combatants as he is now fully human. Lance stakes Coraline and leaves with her.
Returning home, Mick takes a sample of his own blood, eats food for the first time in fifty years, and sleeps on the couch – not in a freezer. Waking up the next morning to discover he is still human, he is deeply happy.
If you’ve never eaten while crying you don’t know what life tastes like.
~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Later that day, Mick meets up with Beth at Josh’s funeral. They discuss Mick’s human transformation and the untimely ends of their relationships with Josh and Coraline. Josh’s funeral sermon speaks directly to their situation, leaving both Mick and Beth with much to consider.