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In the small Manitoban town of Shady River, human-vampire friendships are illegal. So seventeen-year-old human Loren Brooks' friendship with outcast dhampir Stephen Shorne should be only half illegal -- or so they hope.
After Loren saves Stephen from a trio of malevolent vampires, Stephen quickly, if grudgingly returns the favor. Between Loren's half-and-half gender and Stephen's half-and-half ancestry, neither is sure what to make of the other at first. The two bond over the shared feeling of living between worlds, and using art to cope. Loren paints out their struggles with gender identity and parental pressure to undergo surgery, while Stephen dances out his bitterness over the town's only real unity: hatred of him for just being born.
Then, while digging through Stephen's history books, Loren finds hints that Shady River's segregation is more than just fantastic racism. If the two of them can find the full truth and the reasons for it, maybe they can rid the town of hatred on both sides. Revealing their forbidden friendship in the process could grant them vindication -- or a stake to the heart.
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