- 1 hr 58 min
Byzantium starts with an elderly man collecting a note dropped by a vampire, Eleanor. The note is part of Eleanor's memoirs. He invites her inside his home, only for Eleanor to mercy-kill him. Elsewhere, Eleanor's mother, Clara is being chased by a "Brethren" agent named Werner. Werner interrogates Clara about Eleanor, but Clara decapitates and incinerates him. The duo hide within a resort. Here, Clara discovers and swiftly seduces Noel, a lonely man who has inherited the Byzantium, a decrepit hotel. Elsewhere, Eleanor gains the attention of a waiter, Frank. Clara has converted the Byzantium into a brothel, while Eleanor enrolls in Frank's college and writes her origins for Frank. Smitten and aware of Frank's leukemia, Eleanor decides to turn Frank, while Clara seeks to kill him for knowing her origins. In the ensuing struggle, Noel becomes a casualty. As Clara seeks out Frank, the Brethren renew their hunt for Eleanor.