Darren Shan was an average kid until destiny brought him to the Cirque du Freak. There, he spotted an amazing performing spider, which he eventually stole. The spider ended up poisoning his best friend, and, in order to save him, Darren became a half vampire and agreed to become a vampire's assistant. Now, Darren’s been immersed into a shadowy world inhabited by vampires, werewolves, and strange creatures that he never even thought existed! His life will be forever changed!