The story spans two generations researching the truths behind Vlad Tepes, known through history as Dracula, son of the dragon. Throughout the research process the characters travel from Oxford University, to Boston, and all over the Balkans, as well as Amsterdam and France. Throughout their travels, Helen, Paul, and his daughter, who is never named, meet many librarians, historians, and archivists who help them in their quest. Holding them back is the bureaucracy of Communist governments during the Cold War, and the disappearance and murders of people who have given them assistance.
The Historian definitely was not a vampire story, more of a research and adventure story, although there are a few possible vampire sitings. It would be a good one for spending your Christmas book store gift certificates!
Did you know that Vlad Tepes is considered the original Evil Overlord? Don't worry, I don't put the bodies of my enemies on stakes around my castle!