When 17 year old Emma Swan moves to Storybrooke, Main to live with her father she expects that her new life will be as dull as the town.
But in spite of her awkward manner and low expectations, she finds that her new classmates are drawn to this pale, blonde new girl in town. But not, it seems, the Jones family. These five adopted brothers and sisters obviously prefer their own company and will make no exception for Emma.
Emma is convinced that killian Jones in particular hates her, but she feels a strange attraction to him, although his hostility makes her feel almost physically ill. He seems determined to push her away until, that is, he saves her life from an out of control car.
Emma will soon discover that there is a very good reason for Killian's coldness. He, and his family, are vampires and he knows how dangerous it is for others to get too close.