No one throws a party quite like a Toreador party. Johnny, having been newly embraced by Alyssa Morgan, is being tested by his sire at Annabelle's monthly Toreador gala. The party happens on a tranquil and beautiful autumnal September evening in Chicago's Osaka Gardens. Sharon Payne (a party planner/floral arranger) has been tasked to create this lovely event, complete with hundreds of paper lanterns and "entertainment" including the graceful ballet of recent embracee, Daniella Ayes, a Brazilian beauty who is a professional ballet dancer for the Chicago Ballet. Annabelle is horrified when her boy-toy, Bret Stryker, strips off his clothes and tries to provide the crowd with his own brand of erotic entertainment. Michael keeps trying to ruin his ex's party....Nero plays an exquisitely dark and dreary tune that shifts the mood of the party, and Johnny has been charged with digging up dirt on Annabella to prove he's worthy of being in the Toreador clan.