darren shan is a normal boy living a normal life.he goes to a cirqus more it.begins when he gets selected to go to this cirqus with his friend.at one act he sees a spider and is amazed by it.his friend has also seen something but he don't bother to ask. at the end of the cirqus his friend tells him to go homer and that he'll catch up. of coruse he doesn't and his friends tells the man with the spider that he would like to become a vampire.darren rushs out. he comes back to steal the spider. when he got home he hide the spider away form his family. while he plaes with his spider which is posionous his friend the same one that said he wanted to become a vampire asked darren why he was ignoring him aqnd darren said he new that his friend whated to become a vampire.then he showed the spider to his friend whichbite him. he was taken to the hospital. the only way for darren to save him was to become a ampires assistanit so he had to agree.when his friend was given the antaote darren faked his death.when he was coming out of his grave he was captured by his friend and his friend vowed to kill him no matter what.