When 17 year old Isabella Swan moves to Forks, Washington to live with her father she expects that her new life will be as dull as the town. But in spite of her awkward manner and low expectations, she finds that her new classmates are drawn to this pale, dark-haired new girl in town. But not, it seems, the Cullen family. These five adopted brothers and sisters obviously prefer their own company and will make no exception for Bella. Bella is convinced that Edward Cullen in particular hates her, but she feels a strange attraction to him, although his hostility makes her feel almost physically ill. He seems determined to push her away - until, that is, he saves her life from an out of control car. Bella will soon discover that there is a very good reason for Edward's coldness. He, and his family, are vampires - and he knows how dangerous it is for others to get too close.
Isabella Swan flytter til den dystre, regnfulle byen Forks i Washington. Hun kjeder seg, men livet hennes tar en spennende vending når hun møter den vakre og mystiske Edward Cullen. Edward er i besittelse av overnaturlige evner, og lenge klarer han å skjule sitt egentlige jeg. Han er en vampyr, men Isabella er gal av forelskelse. Hun innser ikke at forholdet til Edward kan sette hennes eget og andres liv i fare. Dette er den første romanen i Twilight-sagaen.