In Stoker's 1897 novel Dracula, Jonathan Harker, his resourceful fiancee Mina Murray, the highly learned Dr. van Helsing and a few others team up to fight the vampire, Count Dracula. After many years living in a remote castle in Transylvania, Dracula has decided to reenter civilization to feed and create more of the undead (vampires) to command. He must be stopped. Dracula's quest for power versus the group that wants to stop him is the book's main conflict.
Dracula, with his ability to shapeshift into such animals as bats or wolves, his command of unpleasant animals such as rats, his cunning intelligence and his ability to blend into the culture at large, including exploiting the widespread disbelief in the existence of creatures such as him, is a formidable opponent. HIs desire to spread vampirism and create a legion of the undead is a frightening prospect. The small band opposing him is not without its own resources however: Harker has been to Dracula's castle and can confirm that Dracula is only up at night and that his image doesn't reflect in a mirror. The brilliant Dr. van Helsing has researched vampires, has an impressively rational and analytical mind and is also cutting edge in his understanding of technology: for example, he can do blood transfusions (never mind blood types!), and Mina is a courageous, determined woman. What transpires is a good versus evil tale as a small group of good people attempt to defeat Count Dracula.