In order to allow his mother to travel with her new husband, baseball player, Bella Swan moves from sunny Phoenix to rainy Forks, Washington, to his father Charlie. On the first day of the new school Bella sees a strange, very a beautiful family: this is Alice and Jasper, Rosalie and Emmett and Edward Cullen. Students say that they are all – children in foster care Dr. Carlisle Cullen and his wife, Esme. Both are too young to have their children with teenagers, and Esme, they say, is barren. Bella is very interested in this family, especially Edward. In the first lesson, when the search for books on the biology of its plant for a desk with Edward. Bell struck by the fact that he looks at her with an incomprehensible hatred.
As soon as the bell rings, he runs out of the class, and the next few days does not appear in the school. Appeared, he still speaks to Bella, but cautions that they should not be friends. However, in a short time he saves her life, one hand pushing the van, hurtling at her. Bell riding with friends from school on the beach in La Push Indian Reservation, where he meets a childhood friend Jacob Black. He tells her the old legends of his tribe "Cold", as well as those who drink only the blood of animals. He says that some people of his tribe still believe that the Cullens – "cold". Comparing the facts, Bella realizes that Edward – a vampire. She travels with her friends in Port Angeles, where the night behind them and stumbles upon a group of hooligans who molested her.
Suddenly going from the corner of Cullen on the silver "for sale" terrifies them, and they run away. He gives Bella in cafes and tells us about himself and his family: recognizes that he can read minds, Alice sees the future, and Jasper can inspire emotion. A few days later he tells why initially hated it – the blood of Bella was his most attractive, and her scent caused excruciating thirst. Edward meets Bella and Charlie drove the get acquainted with his family: in addition to Alice Jasper Emmett and Rosalie, he presents it to Esme and Carlisle. Later, Edward invites Bella baseball, in which Cullen love to play during a thunderstorm. But during the game closes unexpectedly: nomadic vampires (James, Victoria and Laurent), are not "vegetarians" (as they call themselves the Cullens, because they do not drink the blood of people) come to get acquainted with the family of Carlisle. One of them, James, Bella feels and begins her hunt. Cullens come up with a rescue plan Bella: hide it and kill James. But he is cunning and entices the girl from her shelter, where she was under the protection of Alice and Jasper. He torments her and manages to bite when the Cullens come and save her, at the same time killing James (breaking and slept in the fire), and Edward does not turn into a vampire girl, sucking the poison from the wound. At the end of the book Edward and Bella go to prom, where she asks to do her a vampire, to which Edward refuses. author Stephenie Meyer Morgan