Joss returns to Bathory, to finish the job he started during freshman year. When Vlad finds out
Joss is returning and talks to his uncle, Otis, about not killing Joss because he still thinks of
Joss as a Friend. On the last day of summer multiple vampires come to Vlad's house to cel-
ebrate Otis's life. That's when Vlad meets Cratus, Dorian and several other unnamed vampires.
Vlad finds out that Dorian has a taste for vampire blood. During this event we learn that
D'Ablo got on the council of elders. At the end of the first day of school Vlad learns from Otis
that Vikas will teach Vlad all he knows about the Slayer Society and until Vlad is proficient
and he is still required to do his homework.
On the fifth day of school Eddie Poe pays the school bullies to bring Vlad to him after school.
The bullies duct tape Vlad's hands together and Eddie puts a necklace of garlic around his neck.
Eddie then cuts open his hand with a knife to see if Vlad is a vampire. Joss shows up, he takes
the garlic off of Vlad's neck and Eddie nearly gets killed, except that Henry shows up and
convinces Vlad to wait until not as many people can see them fighting. Vikas tells Vlad a story
about how his best friend betrays him. Vlad finds out that Dorian knows everyone's secrets that
he encounters, but he never shares those secrets .
On October 31, Vlad and Henry go to the Crypt for a vampire Halloween party. Henry dresses
up but Vlad does not, since he only plans on feeding on Snow. Vikas is poisoned by someone
so Vlad does't have lessons that day . Vlad wrongly exacts revenge on Joss without killing him;
he breaks Joss's arm and beats him up. Vlad also finds out that they have been invited to
thanksgiving dinner at the McMillan's. Vlad is nearly killed by D'Ablo  but Vlad breaks the
sacrifiacal blade that D'Ablos tried to kill him with, off in D'Ablo's body . Vlad goes to the
winter dance with Snow. Vlad and Otis go to New York for Otis's pre-trial. The pre-trial and
the trial are held in the secret room of The V-