Time: 1881, Place: St Louis Cemetery No. 1, New Orleans. L’Esprit a rookie vampire, going mad from refusing to suck human blood, wants to be human. (Main quest) He recoils when his wife, Fantôme, queen of the vampires demands he drain the voodoo priestess Marie Laveau. (Inciting Incident) Panicked by learning only a priest’s blood can save him from lunacy, L’Esprit approaches to kill Marie, but is instantly attracted, and they fall in love with each other. (Turning Point) With Fantôme on hot pursuit, he manages to shape-shift into a bat, and fly off with Marie. But, his wings give out, and the two crash. His mind is corrupting, and his wife is bent on revenge. Fearing death, L’Esprit and Marie renounce their sins (he was a suicide, she a prostitute.) In a last-ditch effort for happiness, they drug Fantôme hoping to find refuge in Marie’s empty bordello, Maison Blanche. But before they can make their way there, Fantôme awakens and summons the demons of the cemetery to terrorize the couple. (Dark turning point.)

     Corpse-eating creatures and ghosts torment them as they escape through the ghoulish graveyard. Dawn approaches, and the terrified pair searches for an unlocked vault or a get-away cab. When they fail to find either, L’Esprit chain-smokes opium. Marie, widow of an alcoholic, renounces their relationship. (Darkest Moment) L’Esprit, desperate to keep Marie, swears off opium and begs her and god’s forgiveness.

The couple pray, and magically they translocate to Maison Blanche and are celebrating there when Fantôme attacks from a secret place. To save Marie, L’Esprit, offers to move with Fantôme to an ice cave on Pluto. She agrees, and the enraged Marie starts his exorcism. L (Main event) Marie challenges him to a mariage à trois. He can winter in the city with her, and summer in the cemetery with Fantôme, while the exorcism from vampire to human takes hold. (Resolution) Apprehensive then ecstatic with the arrangement, L’Esprit dances with Fantôme and Marie.

A Voodoo altar