Seventeen-year-old Bella Swan moves to rainy Forks, Washington, to live with her father, the town sheriff, when her mom decides to go "on the road" with her new baseball-playing husband. Bella's a mopey, humorless teen who keeps to herself, but since 95% of high school popularity is based on looks, she falls in with the cool crowd. She's drawn to Edward, one of five pale, impeccably coifed teenaged adoptive children (along with Alice, Jasper, Emmett and Rosalie) of local doctor Carlisle Cullen. Edward initially acts repulsed by Bella, but it becomes clear that he finds her appealing but feels it's in her best interest if they don't interact. Their mutual attraction can't be contained, however, and after witnessing some of Edward's superhuman abilities, she deduces that the Cullens are vampires. Edward confirms her suspicions and explains that he can read minds, but he's intrigued by the fact that hers is blocked and that her smell is unnaturally delicious. They quickly become more than friends, as he indoctrinates her into the ways of the vampire (baseball, piggyback rides, etc.), explaining that vampires stay out of the sun not because they'll die, but because they'll sparkle so much they'll draw attention to themselves. The Cullens, we find out, are friendly, "vegetarian" vampires who feed on animals instead of humans. Trouble comes to town, however, when a trio of "old school" vamps -- James, Victoria and Laurent -- breezes through, leaving a trail of bodies in their wake. James catches Bella's scent and bites her, but the Cullens arrive to save the day, killing James. Edward must suck James' "poison" out of Bella before she's turned into a vampire. Ironically, after she recovers, she tells Edward she'd like to become a vampire, but he refuses.